Greg Wyshynski

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  • Bruins sign Torey Krug, Reilly Smith to avoid summer headache

    When Torey Krug and Reilly Smith signed one-year, $1.4-million bridge contracts last September, some predicted it would lead to a hellish salary cap-fueled negotiation this summer that could have cost the Boston Bruins one or both of the restricted free agents.

    After all, the team has roughly $46 million committed to nine players already for next season.

    But the deals were good ones for this season, and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli came through with healthier deals for both on Friday: Krug signed a 1-year extension for $3.4 million and Smith was given two years at $3.425 million against the cap.

    What might seem like overpayment may actually be the fulfillment of a promise made before the season: Take peanuts now so we don’t have to further blow up the roster, and we’ll take care of you later… 

    From the Bruins:

    In 58 games this season with the Bruins, the 23-year-old Krug has potted 11 goals (sixth on the team) and 20 assists (second among team defensemen) for 31 points (second among team

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  • Claude Julien thinks shootouts suck because the Bruins suck at them

    The Boston Bruins lost in a shootout to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night thanks to a goal by something called “Dave Schlemko,” and coach Claude Julien spoke on behalf of our bittersweet hearts afterwards regarding the skills competition.


    So, when asked about shootouts following Thursday’s loss, Julien cut off the question.

    “They suck,” he said.

    The reporter responded, “Hmm?” before Julien enunciated a little better.

    “They suck,” he repeated as clearly as he could. “That’s my [feelings on] the shootout.”

    He added that “It’s the not the reason we lost tonight, but we’ve been definitely challenged in that area.” Which is correct, as the Bruins have gone 2-7 in the shootout, leaving five valuable points on the table.

    Then again, the also-rans that are creeping up on the Bruins for the last playoff spot haven’t exactly killed it in the shootout either. The Philadelphia Flyers are 3-7 and the Ottawa Senators are 3-6.

    The Florida Panthers are dealing in volume, having won

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  • Nik Antropov spear leads to epic embellishment, crazy coach (Video)

    Remember Nik Antropov? 

    Preposterously tall forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets? He’s in the KHL now with Barys Astana, which is in the playoffs vying for the Gagarin Cup, a.k.a. the only trophy in sports named after a Cosmonaut.

    In a game on Wednesday against Avangard Omsk, Antropov got into it with Chad Kolarik, whom who may remember from cups of coffee with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers. After a stoppage in play, Antropov stuck his stick in the midsection of Kolarik, who had scored Omsk’s second goal, in a dastardly little move.

    Now, it’s entirely possible that he caught Kolarik in the how-do-you-do or exerted more force than it appears he did. But from the angles we see here … it appears Kolarik may have embellished this a little. In the sense that we haven’t seen overacting like that since the last episode of GIRLS.

    Then the real fun began, as Omsk’s coach Raimo Summanen, which we believe is Russian for “John Tortorella,”

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  • Sidney Crosby’s game face made Nathan MacKinnon sad

    The Battle of Cole Harbour was fought in Denver on Wednesday night, as Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby (a.k.a. the Hockey Prince of Nova Scotia) faced off against Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon (a.k.a. the other guy). 

    MacKinnon got the best of him, as the Avs won the game, 3-1, and he scored a goal while Crosby went scoreless.

    "Sid was my favorite player growing up and we're buddies, and it's always fun to play against him," MacKinnon told the Denver Post.

    (Please wrap your brain around the fact that a star player in the NHL “grew up” watching Sidney Crosby play. Then grab your AARP card and head to Denny’s for the senior citizen discount.)

    But when MacKinnon attempted to exchange pleasantries with Sid on the ice, he discovered that Sid wasn’t … pleasant.

    From Terry Frei:

    "He's a little bit more serious than moist [sic] of the buddies I play against. You usually can talk to your friends, but he's all business on the ice."

    (The story read “moist” instead of most, and

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Norris Trophy, sick days and GOING POSTAL


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    It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: NO ONE! Just your boys. 

    • The Norris Trophy debate. 

    • Life without Luongo. 

    • NHL playoff talk. 

    Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Russian youth players brawl in handshake line (Video)

    As you know, sportsmanship is the universal language. And there’s no better symbol of sportsmanship than the postgame handshake line in hockey. Ice warriors, putting aside their differences and congratulating each other on a game well-played. So inspiring! 

    That is until one player bumps into another, and then another bumps another, and then the wrong thing’s said and all of a sudden the handshake line has descended into a chaotic postgame brawl.

    This apparently also applies to … eight year olds?!

    A Valentine’s Day game (of course) in Kazan, Russia, ended with players born in 2006 turning going from handshakes to helmet shots, as the game officials tried to restore order.

    The coaches finally get involved, some literally tossing eight-year-olds aside, and the brawl dissipates.

    All it takes is one Milanov Lucicovich to turn a handshake line into murder alley …

    Via Tatpressa


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  • NHL Three Stars: Zidlicky leads Wings; Hammond does it again

    No. 1 Star: Marek Zidlicky, Detroit Red Wings 

    The trade deadline acquisition popped the puck over Cam Talbot for a power-play goal just 1:09 into overtime, as the Wings defeated the New York Rangers on RIVALRY NIGHT(!), 3-2.

    No. 2 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators

    Hammond did it again, making 35 saves in leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He made 12 saves in the third, when the Sens were outshot 13-3.

    No. 3 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

    The Avs captain scored a goal, his 17th, and had two assists in their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Honorable Mention: John Gibson made 37 saves in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jiri Sekac had an assist on Rickard Rakell’s sixth of the season. … Alex Galchenyuk scored his 19th. … Bobby Ryan scored his 17th and Kyle Turris scored his 16th. … Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and Sidney Crosby went scoreless in their Cole Harbour showdown. … Evgeni Malkin scored goal No.

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  • Islanders’ Matt Martin suspended one game for kneeing Trevor Daley

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    According to the NHL, the kneeing penalty that got Matt Martin kicked out of the New York Islanders’ game and put Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley out on Tuesday was a bumbling, awkward collision by a player unfortunately trying to complete his check. 

    And it’ll cost Martin another game.

    From the NHL:

    New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

    The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    After the game, a 3-2 OT win for Dallas, coach Lindy Ruff estimated Daley would be done for “weeks” and called for a ban

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  • David Clarkson out for season because he’s a Blue Jacket, hence injured

    Math is not our strong suit, but the amount of man-games lost for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season has to be in the thousands, right? 

    Or so it would seem with this snake-bitten team, which has now seen this season from hell take an new and exciting absurd turn: David Clarkson, the player they acquired in exchange for an injured player, is now himself injured.

    (Although we bet his contract is insured.)

    From the Jackets:

    Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  

    Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton.  He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106

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  • The last time I spoke with Hilary Knight, she was super pissed off.

    It was in the media mix zone in Sochi, a year ago. The U.S. women’s team had lost the gold medal in overtime to their arch rivals from Canada.

    Knight had been whistled for a controversial penalty on Canadian forward Halyey Wickenheiser that led to Marie-Phillip Poulin’s game-winning power play goal.

    I still remember her voice as a mixture of bitterness, disappointment and exhaustion.

    “I didn’t touch her. She fell. It was a bogus call. But it doesn’t rely on one call. We had plenty of opportunity,” she said.

    She was devastated. But with time comes understanding, and that gold medal game went down as one of the most memorable moments of the Sochi Games.

    How many young women playing hockey around the world saw a player or a play and wondered, even for a moment, if that could be them one day?

    Knight felt that way watching the U.S. women’s national team, with players like Cammi Granato. They were her role models, and now

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