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?

  • Barry Trotz done with Predators after 15 seasons

    Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber demanded changes late in their non-playoff campaign, and the most anticipated one has arrived: Barry Trotz, the only coach the franchise has known, will not be back next season, sources tell the Tennessean.

    From Josh Cooper:

    Whether the Predators had injury-plagued seasons or lost key players because the franchise couldn't or wouldn't pay up to re-sign them at premium dollar, Trotz kept them competitive, making the playoffs during a stretch of seven of eight seasons from 2003-04 through 2011-12. He was lauded for his ability to do more with less.

    (UPDATE: The Predators have made it official and have offered Trotz a position within the team's hockey operations department.)

    Still, there were shortcomings. For one, the Predators were unable to develop a true scoring forward under Trotz. The one player with that type of talent – Alexander Radulov – clashed with the coach, and bolted to the Kontinental Hockey League twice. There have always been

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  • Ranking Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Which first-round series is must-see?

    The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set, the schedule is done and now comes the hard part: Rearranging your life around the opening round series.

    Fret not, puckheads: There is a way to figure out which battles are worthy of your time and which ones are merely appetizers to a better main course in Round 2.

    Your friends at Puck Daddy now provide you with a handy ranking of the eight first-round series, based on the following factors: Star Power, Secondary Plotlines, Hate, Controversy, Arena Atmosphere, Game 7 Probability and the potential for awesome playoff facial masterpieces, a.k.a. Beard-o-sity.

    Each category gets a number grade from 1-to-10, with 10 being the highest grade.

    So which playoff series ranked highest in our very scientific poll?

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    8. Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars

    Star Power - 7
    Secondary Plotlines - 7
    Hate Factor - 2
    Controversy Quotient - 3
    Arena Atmosphere - 7
    Game 7 Probability - 3
    Beard-o-sity - 4

    FINAL SCORE: 33

    This series is carried by the Ducks’ star power (apologies to

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  • Hockey fans litter the ice with underwear after goal (Video)

    We’ve seen hats, teddy bears and sea creatures fly from the stands onto the ice after a goal. Yes, we’ve seen underwear before, too: Remember when Taylor Hall scored his “bra trick”?

    But Bakersfield Condors fans weren’t content to throw a single undergarment. Watch as they litter the ice at Sunday’s ECHL game against the Las Vegas Wranglers with nearly 6,000 pieces of clothing:

    By far the most underwear we’ve seen thrown at performers from Las Vegas since Tom Jones was in his prime …

    From the Condors, a bit more on ‘Undie Sunday’:

    Undie Sunday brought a rain of underwear, socks, bras, diapers and socks down onto the ice. Nearly 6,000 clothing items were collected, including 1,096 pairs of socks, 2,773 pair of underwear, 1,747 diapers and 55 bras, among other items. The items will be donated to the Mission at Kern County and the Kern County Network for Children.

    Socks? We get that these are essential items, but c’mon, how easy is it to throw socks onto the ice vs. tighty whities?

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  • Marty Brodeur honored by fans; says facing Devils as foe ‘would kill me’

    In what’s expected to be his final start as a New Jersey Devil, Martin Brodeur did what he’s done best since 1993: He won.

    The Devils’ 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins was career victory No. 688 for Brodeur, all with New Jersey. But after a very inconsistent season, and with Corey Schneider clearly poised to be the Devils’ starter next season, this was likely Marty’s farewell – and his teammates and fans treated it as such with an emotional postgame moment:

    Patrik Elias was the one who encouraged that Brodeur head out there, saying he deserved it.

    Here’s Brodeur speaking to the crowd after the game:

    After the game, Brodeur had some interesting comments about the past season and the future, via Tom Gulitti.

    On the two-headed goalie monster this season:

    "The position the coaching staff was in with having two goalie No. 1, just doesn’t work. It didn’t work in Vancouver. It didn’t work here too good. We didn’t make the playoffs."

    "It’s important when you have 1 good goalie you’ve got

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  • Panic time for the St. Louis Blues?

    The St. Louis Blues enter Sunday’s game with the Detroit Red Wings needing at least a point and then some help to win the Central Division.

    The Colorado Avalanche are in Anaheim, tied in points (111) but ahead in ROW (47-43) vs. the Blues. So St. Louis needs to have more points than Colorado at the end of the day, or it’s a first-round date with the Chicago Blackhawks rather than the Minnesota Wild.

    But at this point, it might not even matter who the opponent is for the Blues. They’re beat up and beating themselves.

    The Blues have lost five in a row, but they’ve lost so much more than that recently: Top forwards, the swagger of their goaltender and the confidence that had carried them through a Presidents’ Trophy contending season until a late-season skid derailed those hopes.

    Specifically, the injuries: David Backes, Brenden Morrow, Vladimir Sobotka, Derek Roy, Vladimir Tarasenko, Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie are all banged up. The hope is that it’s for the short-term.

    "We’ve been

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  • Ryan Malone arrested, charged with cocaine possession and DUI

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning, and charged with driving under the influence and cocaine possession.

    From the Tampa Bay Times:

    "We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time."

    According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's report, Malone, 34, was arrested by Tampa police at 5:40 Saturday morning on Platt Street and Rome Avenue S. There were no other immediate details. Malone was being held on $2,500 bond.

    From the NHL and deputy commissioner Bill Daly:

    “We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment

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  • NHL Three Stars: Martin Havlat tricks Avs; Brewer leads Bolts

    No. 1 Star: Martin Havlat, San Jose Sharks

    Havlat scored a natural hat trick in the third period – including an empty net goal with 4:56 remaining, because Patrick Roy is nutty like that – as the San Jose Sharks routed the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1. Havlat also had an assist on Patrick Marleau’s 33rd goal. Alex Stalock made 32 saves.

     No. 2 Star: Eric Brewer, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Brewer rarely scores, let alone pots two in a game. But he tallied twice in a 3:12 span to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over Columbus. Kristers Gudlevskis made 36 saves for his first NHL win.

    No. 3 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

    Lehtonen made 22 saves for the shutout as the Dallas Stars clinched a playoff spot in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. Tyler Seguin scored goal No. 37 in the victory.

    Honorable mention: Cam Ward made 28 saves to make two first period goals stand up in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. … Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves, Jay Beagle scored two

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  • Dallas Stars clinch final playoff spot, eliminate Coyotes

    The Dallas Stars shut out the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, 3-0, to clinch the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs and eliminate the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s their first playoff berth since 2008.

    As the last wild card, they could face the Colorado Avalanche, the Anaheim Ducks or the Blues in Round 1.

    How fitting that scored his 37th goal in the win. The blockbuster seven-player trade that sent Stars stalwart Loui Eriksson to the Boston Bruins for fallen star Seguin was an offseason gamble. He could have been an epic bust; instead, he’s third in the NHL in scoring with 84 points and an MVP candidate.

     

    How fitting that Kari Lehtonen, who played 65 of the team’s 81 games despite injury issues, pitched the shut out against the Blues. It’s his fifth season in Dallas, and the first time he’ll backstop them in the playoffs.

    How fitting that the clinching victory happened at home, where the Stars are now 23-11-7 on the season.

    How fitting that Lindy Ruff, who landed in Dallas after

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  • Witness hockey fan’s massive beer can pyramid next to ice in ECHL (Photo)

    The Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL know how to throw a fan promotion, which is to cram as much awesome as you can into one game. So on Friday night they had “Pucks and Pups Night,” which featured wiener dog races on the ice as well as special tickets that got you a commemorative glass, three appetizers and a sampling of five beers. That’s on top of dollar PBR and Miller High Life cans, two beers per person per trip.

    Well, that’s a lot of cans. Whatever does one do with so many empties?

    Ah, yes: BEER PYRAMID!

    Reader Bret Bashim sent in this photo from the Cyclones’ game against the Wheeling Nailers. Alas, we didn’t get the one with the beer cans violently falling to the ground when a player threw himself into the boards to knock them down, which we assumed happened.

    Of course, in a perfect world, this fan would have been allowed to build this impressive feat of alcoholic architecture on the ice, and then everyone could fire pucks at it like those milk bottles at a carnival. Of course,

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  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished. 

    Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth announces his retirement from NHL hockey in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    Preview: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. EDT

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1. Stars’ Big Night. Dallas clinches with a win over the banged-up Blues. From Dallas Stars Blog: “Phoenix lost to Nashville last night, meaning the Stars need just two more points to clinch a playoff spot. Any combination of two points in the next two games, and the Stars will have 91 points. Phoenix can get

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