Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy Wednesday night, earning for the first time in his career the coveted awarded for the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Bergeron beat out St. Louis' David Backes and three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk.
During the regular season, Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus (plus-36) and was second in faceoff percentage (59.3). He has never won the Selke in his career.
Bergeron becomes the fourth winner of the award in the last seven seasons: Rod Brind’Amour twice, Datsyuk in three straight seasons and Ryan Kesler in the 2010-11 season.
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Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson beat Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for the Norris Trophy Wednesday night. The award is given to "the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position."
Karlsson's candidacy for the award was a bit of a polarizing issue this season, as the 22-year-old put up an astonishing 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), but was not a proficient defenseman or regular penalty-killer. Chara had a career-best 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) during the regular season and his plus-33 rating was tops among all defensemen.
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Dustin Pedroia said that after getting the day off Wednesday after aggravating his injured right thumb Tuesday night, he expects to be back in the Red Sox' lineup Thursday.
Pedroia left the Sox' Tuesday night win over the Marlins after the seventh inning after hitting a broken bat pop-up to first base. The second baseman, who missed six games due to a torn adductor muscle, could be seen shaking his hand before heading into the clubhouse.
"I think it scared me more than anything," Pedroia said. "My hand slipped off the bat and my thumb got caught. It was just kind of a weird feeling. I'm not playing today, but I'll be in there tomorrow. I feel fine."
Pedroia took batting practice and infield work prior to the Red Sox' game against the Marlins Wednesday night, reporting no swelling in the thumb. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told his infielder the day off was strictly precautionary.
"Bobby talked to me and...
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for an in-studio appearance and touched on a number of subjects, but the biggest issue by far is the future of Kevin Garnett, who can be a free agent on July 1. Ainge said he talked to Garnett last week and that KG needs more time to make a decision and it may not be made by July 1 when teams can begin talking to free agents.
"I think we’ll talk within the next week, but I'm not so sure that’s a decision day for him," Ainge said. "He may want to wait and see what sort of team we have. I'm not sure. I know that he wants to come back, I know he likes Boston and I know he loves playing for Doc [Rivers]. He loves everything about the team and the city and so forth. I think that his decision will be, 'Do I really want to play? Or do I not want to play.' "
Asked if Garnett might sign with another team, Ainge said: "I don’t think that...
Scott Boras -- who is in town to announce the signing of his client and Red Sox first-round pick Devin Marrero -- told WEEI.com Wednesday that he has had no discussions with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington regarding a multi-year extension for outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury would be eligible become a free agent following the 2013 season.
"We've only had the traditional discussions of one-year contracts," Boras explained. "Ben and I will certainly begin contract discussions at year's end because we have to. We have at minimum a one-year contract to discuss. We're going to play through the season. Ben's operating his team and I'm signing draft picks, operating my team."
Former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein told WEEI last July that the Red Sox had previously attempted to lock Ellsbury up to a multi-year deal, saying to the Dennis and Callahan Show: "It is not a secret that we have sat down and tried in the past and...
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
Mark Dondero of WPRI came in studio for the final hour and addressed his odd question to Bill Belichick.
Gerry, Kirk and Alex Reimer react to the Peter King interview on Dale and Holley.
Bryan Curtis of The Ringer joined Gerry and Kirk to discuss his story on Chris Mortensen.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
Kirk Minihane has taken Dave O'Brien to task during the entire baseball season. Kirk has critiqued O'Brien for a number of things over the season, his chemistry with Jerry Remy, his soliloguy at the start of the season, and of course accusing him of dying his hair. O'Brien defends some of his tactics of how he calls games and is adamant that he does not dye his hair.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Ken & Curtis react to the Friday edition of Kirk & Callahan with Alex Reimer and Mark Dondero in studio on Dino's Casting Couch
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season.
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