Greg Wyshynski

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • Is the Colorado Avalanche honeymoon over?

    Getty ImagesThe Colorado Avalanche are hitting their first bump in what’s been an incredibly smooth ride: Three straight losses to the Carolina Hurricanes, the St. Louis Blues ( a blowout) and a stunner at home to the moribund Florida Panthers.

    The previously impenetrable goaltending hasn’t been that in these games. They lost the special teams battles in two of the three games. Alex Tanguay is out indefinitely with a knee injury; Matt Duchene injured his oblique in the third period; and hopefully that doesn’t do anything to derail what’s arguably been a Hart-worthy season so far.

    One symptom of the Avs’ struggles: Their starts. Before the skid, the Avs were outscoring teams 16-6 in the first period; they gave up the first goal to Florida and Carolina in the first and were held scoreless. For the first two periods before the skid, the Avalanche were outscoring opponents 36-17. In those three games, they were outscored 10-3 in the first two.

    Adrian Dater of the Denver Post diagnosed the loss to

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  • The Vent: Sidney Crosby overkill; solving the NHL’s shootout problem

    Getty ImagesThe Vent is a column that hands the mic on Puck Daddy over to hockey fans to rant, rave and react to everything in the game. If you have a pitch for an editorial, or have one written, and want it featured on Sunday, email with the subject “The Vent.”

    Writer Michael Traeger lives in Pittsburgh and is a staff writer for the Pittsburgh media website You can also follow and argue with him on Twitter @PolemicLicense. Here’s his piece called …

    The Media, the NHL, and Soap: the Over-Selling of Sidney Crosby

    “Crosby. Sid the Kid. Golden Boy. Cindy Crysby.

    “Love him or hate him, you know who Sidney Crosby is. You know he plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and you know that he wears #87.

    “You know that Crosby is good at playing hockey. You know that Crosby hoisted the Stanley Cup, and you know that Crosby scored the overtime goal that won gold for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics.

    “You know this, because the NHL wants you to know this.

    “To the casual

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  • KHL player Mikhail Anisin hospitalizes teammate, has contract terminated

    Getty ImagesMikhail Anisin is a winger in the KHL who had bounced around like a loose puck for the last four seasons, playing for seven teams (inducing Severstal, twice) before landing with Donbass Donetsk in a trade this season.

    One of his teammates with Donbass is Sergei Varlamov – not the Avalanche goalie, but the winger who played parts of four NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues from 1999-2003. Also, the Avalanche goalie's name is Semyon. So, duh.

    But recently, Anisin did something very un-teammately to Varlamov: Allegedly beating him up.

    As of Saturday, Varlamov is in the hospital, and Anisin’s contract has been terminated because of an incident between the two on either Thursday or Friday:

    Via R-Sport:

    A talented but troubled star of Eastern Europe’s KHL hockey league has left his team after hospitalizing a fellow player in a fight, a source with knowledge of the situation told R-Sport on Saturday.

    Mikhail Anisin, 25, was the top scorer in the 2011-12 playoffs as he took

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  • Rick Nash expects to return to NY Rangers next week

    Getty ImagesThe New York Rangers’ game at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night will be the 16th Rick Nash has missed this season with an “upper body injury.”

    But the star forward expects he’ll be back next week, against either the Boston Bruins on Tuesday or the Dallas Stars on Thursday:

    Via Newsday:

    "Hopefully, one of the games, for sure," Nash said after practicing at Bell Centre Saturday morning, "as long as there are no setbacks. Everything's been positive and I've been pushing it every day.”

    At this point in his recovery, Nash said, it is a matter of conditioning and building his leg strength, because he is free of the headaches that plagued him since the high hit from San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart. "I'm feeling better than I thought I would," said Nash, who skated for the eight straight day. "I've only had two (full) practices with the team, plus the morning skates, I think I need a little more down-low work, 3 on 3 . . ."

    Give the Rangers credit: Things looked bleak after Nash went

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  • NHL Beer Cost Index 2013-14: Who gives you the most suds for your bucks?

    Getty ImagesThe Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index is that publication’s tabulation of how much a night at the arena costs fans, from tickets to parking to the really important stuff ...

    … like BEER.

    When the FCI is released, your friends at Puck Daddy take their beer data – they typically list the lowest-priced brew in the arena for all NHL teams – and create what we like to call the Beer Cost Index.

    The Beer Cost Index uses the data provided by Team Marketing Report to tabulate the highest and the lowest prices for brew around the NHL on a cost-per-ounce basis. We also have a "Beer Lover's Cost": Assuming one arena brew for each 20 minutes of play, added to the fraction of your average non-premium season-ticket price for that period.

    Please note: TMR relies on teams to report their own smallest-sized and/or cheapest beer prices, so fudging might be evident. Someone out there — and you know who you are — will go into the comments and say "GOOD LUCK FINDING BEER PRICE X AT ARENA Y!" We're relying on the TMR numbers. Trying to get that info from teams ourselves proved pointless in years’ passed.

    Also, please note, from TMR: “All prices are converted to USD at the exchange rate of $1CAD=$.959413 USD. We adjust the previous year’s pricing to current exchange rate to make the comparison fair.” Ditto ticket prices from Canadian dollars to U.S.

    So who gives you the most suds for the buck in the NHL?

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Tracey Myers on Blackhawks trade; Game Show Friday

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a (gettin' down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more: unappealing

    Special Guest Star: Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago joins us to talk about the Kris Versteeg trade and all things Chicago Blackhawks.

    • Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn blow up.

    • The Blues make a statement.

    The Kadri suspension.

    • GAME SHOW FRIDAY! Only this time, it's Jeff and Greg answering the questions.

    Question of the Day: In light of Star Wars minor league jerseys, give us a movie that deserves its own sweater. Email at or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek.

    Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above! Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner.

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  • Hugh Jessiman suffers gum malfunction in KHL goal celebration (Video)

    Hugh Jessiman is, of course, the last player from the 2003 NHL Draft’s first round to appear in a National Hockey League, making a cameo appearance for two contests with the Florida Panthers in 2010-11. The New York Rangers selected him before Dustin Brown and Brent Seabrook went in the following two picks, and Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Mike Richards went later. Good times.

    He’s taken his talents to the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, playing for Medvescak. Chewing gum while celebrating a goal is, apparently, not among those talents.

    Check out the end of this KHL clip as Jessiman scores against Salavat Yulaev on Friday, only to have a gum malfunction.

    After scoring his goal, Jessiman went to the corner with gum on the finger of his glove. Did it fall from his mouth? Was he keeping it there for later? It is someone else’s? (Ew.)

    Anyhoo, Jessiman valiantly tried to slide the gum into his mouth with his hockey glove, which turned the whole thing into some

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  • Tyler Seguin is making the Bruins look stupid, but not that stupid

    Getty Images“I was surprised Boston kind of gave up on him that quick.” – Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, on Tyler Seguin.

    Kane understands Seguin. They became friends during the lockout when both were playing in Switzerland (under the watchful eye of Mama Kane). But more than that, he’s been where Seguin has been: Young, rich, hyped, a Cup ring adorning his finger and scandal trailing him like a checking forward he just smoked.

    But the inherent difference between the two is that the Chicago Blackhawks stuck with Patrick Kane, and the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin.

    One is looking incredibly smart, after Kane added a second ring and a Conn Smythe trophy to his accomplishments. The other is looking incredibly stupid, what with Tyler Seguin scoring 22 points in 19 games, including a 4-goal, 5-point effort against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

    He’s outscoring every Boston Bruin. He nearly has as many goals (12) as the Bruins’ top two goal scorers combined (14).

    Despite the sample size, this is making Peter Chiarelli and his braintrust look like a bunch of shortsighted idiots. No. 1 centers are a premium in the NHL, and the Bruins appear to have given up on one that was just 21 years old. It doesn’t matter how good Loui Eriksson is or how the Bruins’ cap situation improved or, potentially, even if they win another Cup before Seguin does. It could enter into the pantheon of lopsided deals; they can ask Cam Neely about those.

    That’s the unshakable perception if Seguin is now this guy for the Dallas Stars, but it ignores the likelihood that he would have never been this guy for the Boston Bruins.

    We all know the off-the-ice stuff. The behavioral issues that affected Seguin’s play in the postseason – guards outside of hotel room doors and the like – and soured the Bruins players and management on his future with the team. To that end, a change had to happen for Seguin to ever blossom as a star player. He needed to free himself from that situation in

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  • NHL Three Stars: Jamie Benn’s six pack; OT heroes for Bruins, Sharks

    Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    Tough call here between Tyler Seguin, who had four goals and an assist in the Stars' 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames, and Jamie Benn, who had a goal and five assists. But we’ll defer to Seguin: “He was making some incredible passes out there. Some of the plays I was just fortunate enough to finish them off." Congrats to Benn on his first star and impending call from the Canadian Olympic team.

    No. 2 Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins

    The Bruins forward win their game in overtime with a great individual effort. Lucic blocked a Cam Atkinson shot from the point, took off down the ice to recover the puck and beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the 3-2 victory.

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    No. 3 Star: Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning center stepped up in Steven Stamkos’ absence, scoring two goals and assisting on one from Marty St. Louis in their 5-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks.

    Honorable mention: Tomas Hertl scored with 1:05 left in regulation and then Dan Boyle scored

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  • Kari Lehtonen takes seat on top of the goal in Stars’ blowout of Flames

    Kari Lehtonen is on fire for the Dallas Stars, going 7-2-2 in his last 11 (straight) starts. But his real talent, of course, is trolling opponents. Please recall Lehtonen going “SCOREBOARD” in a game against the Detroit Red Wings, pointing to the Dallas Stars’ lead on the Jumbotron with his water bottle.

    Now, sitting on top of your net with seconds remaining in a blowout – as he did in the Dallas Stars’ win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night – might seem like more quality trolling from Lehtonen ...  but it’s just sort of what he does.

    @DR_HabsEven back during his days with the Atlanta Thrashers:

    How does he get up there? A little hop:

    Outside of his Kill Bill mask, this is the coolest Kari Lehtonen thing. And a great idea, too, as it’s much harder for him to sprain his groin for the 10,000th time when he’s seated above the ice.

    s/t Marc Dumont

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