I was wondering what the mighty Canadian media, especially that redneck Don Cherry, thought about the three finalists for the Hart Trophy (MVP) being Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin?
What do those three have in common? Hmmmm. Well, all three are still playing in the playoffs. Anything else?
It’s actually funny that they are listed as finalists, since all the voting is done by the end of the regular season. In other words, one of them has already won the MVP, and the others have already finished second and third. But it’s a nice way to hype the awards show in Las Vegas — the NHL just the latest to suddenly embrace Sin City.
But it’s got to be Ovechkin, right? I mean, Malkin’s great and Datsyuk is the most complete forward in the game, but it has to be AO.
He’s got a pretty good playoff beard going, too.
Speaking of which, you have until Thursday at noon to vote for the inaugural (unofficially Paul Mara) Rangers Report playoff beard contest. We’re still in the process of fixing a couple of things, and attaching names to the photos. So if you’d like your actual name, or your screen name, up there with your photo, please e-mail me which you’d prefer at rcarpini@LoHud.com.
Just got this from Cycle Like The Sedins: What the Rangers might try to do with all that extra Naslund cap space.
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 12:37 P.M.: The Rangers just signed Jordan Owens. Here’s the release:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD JORDAN OWENS
New York, May 5, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Jordan Owens.
Owens, 23, skated in 67 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points, along with 66 penalty minutes. He established career highs in goals (12), assists (25), points (37), and penalty minutes (66). Owens ranked fifth on the Wolf Pack in assists, tied for eighth in points and tied for ninth in goals. He also finished fourth on the team with a plus-17 rating. The Toronto, Ontario native recorded a career-high, seven multi-point performances, including a three-point effort on April 3 at Providence (three assists). In addition, Owens tied for fifth on Hartford in playoff scoring, registering one goal and two assists for three points in six post-season contests.
The 6-0, 189-pounder has skated in 110 career AHL games with Hartford, recording 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points, along with 110 penalty minutes. Owens notched his first professional point with a goal on October 6, 2007 vs. Bridgeport. He also recorded three goals and 10 assists for 13 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) during the 2007-08 season. Prior to turning professional, Owens appeared in 192 games with the Mississauga IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 69 goals and 84 assists for 153 points, along with 143 penalty minutes. In 2005-06, he led the IceDogs in goals (26), tied for the team lead in points (54) and ranked fourth in assists (28). He established OHL career-highs during the 2006-07 season with 32 goals, 42 assists and 74 points.