Mikael Granlund

Video: Finland’s Mikael Granlund scores the goal of the year vs. Russia


While Finland was busy upsetting Russia today at the World Championships 3-0 to book a date in the gold medal game against rival Sweden, we got a glimpse of what the future might be like for the Minnesota Wild thanks to their 2010 first round pick Mikael Granlund.

During the second period with the game locked in a scoreless tie, Granlund carried the puck around the Russian net while being chased down by the defense. With the Russian defense unable to keep up with him, Granlund did something we haven’t seen in some time. He picked the puck up on his stick and scored a stunning lacrosse-style goal to beat and embarrass Konstantin Barulin and the Russians.

The last time we saw something like this was 1996 in the NCAA Tournament when the University of Michigan’s Mike Legg beat the University of Minnesota with a similar goal. Sidney Crosby too has pulled the trick off in the past. For now though, it’s Granlund’s moment to shine. We’re pretty sure fans in Minnesota might pass out from the excitement of seeing an actually talented offensive skill player doing crazy things like this. It’s been a few years since they’ve seen that.

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Gustavsson secures one-year contract with Bruins

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There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.

The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.

In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.

Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.