Tuesday, May 01, 2007
NHL Awards Finalists Feature Two Devils
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie): Evgeni Malkin, Penguins; Jordan Staal, Penguins; Paul Stastny, Avalanche.
FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward): Rod Brind'Amour, Hurricanes; Samuel Pahlsson, Ducks; Jay Pandolfo, Devils.
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team): Martin Brodeur, Devils; Sidney Crosby, Penguins; Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach): Lindy Ruff, Sabres; Michel Therrien, Penguins; Alain Vigneault, Canucks.
JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Chris Pronger, Ducks.
LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings; Joe Sakic, Avalanche; Martin St. Louis, Lightning.
LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD (most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA): Sidney Crosby, Penguins; Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning; Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
VEZINA TROPHY *** (outstanding goaltender): Martin Brodeur, Devils; Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames; Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers; Roberto Luongo, Canucks.
Lastly, the two MVP awards. I believe Sidney Crosby will win both the Lester B. Pearson Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy. I can't believe Roberto Luongo is a finalist for both, he's not even the best goaltender in the NHL - much less the most valuable player. I definitely think Martin Brodeur is the Devils' MVP and he has had a Hart-worthy season. However, I also think the Penguins would be completely nowhere without Crosby; maybe more so than the Devils without Brodeur, the Lightning without Lecavalier, and the Canucks with Luongo (they did make the playoffs with Dan Cloutier of all goaltenders in the past). My heart says Brodeur, which is obvious since I am a Devils fan, but my head says it's the NHL's leading scorer (36 G, 84 A) and Pittsburgh's top man: Sidney Crosby.
We'll find out who won what and how wrong I am after the playoffs.
OTHER THINGS: Middletown, New Jersey native and top 2007 draft prospect James van Riemsdyk has a blog going on at NHL.com. Apparently, it's in this new section called NHL Connect. Hopefully, he does well as he finishes his current studies prior to the draft.
Speaking of the NHL, they have announced a deal with Voxant to distribute video clips of highlights, news, and bloopers throughout the Internet via TheNewsRoom. Interesting idea to have a weekly "best of" show just be done over the Internet; as it is, there isn't a show like that on TV for hockey. However, if this takes off, that may not matter. I have my doubts, to be honest, as to whether it will catch on for a number of reasons. But to paraphrase the Great One, you can't score if you don't shoot.
Broduer should get some hardware, he's definitely earned it.
If MArty doesn't win the Viz, then it should go to Kip. Henrik is good but bottoms out once or twice a season- last season it cost NYR the division, this season almost a playoff spot.