And the winners are …


Your heroes have zero nominees for NHL awards this evening in Las Vegas — a choice of cities that I find revoltingly disgusting as the NHL joins every other filthy league in going for the almighty dollar and every last nickel at any cost.

But enough of that.

In case you’ve forgotten, here are the finalists for all the major awards that will be handed out:

Hart Trophy (MVP): Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Martin St. Louis.

Vezina Trophy (best goalie): Roberto Luongo, Pekka Rinne (Romano), Tim Thomas.

Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Nick Lidstrom, Shea Weber.

Calder Trophy (rookie of the year): Logan Couture, Michael Grabner, Jeff Skinner.

Lady Byng Trophy (gentlemanly conduct … who cares?): Loui Eriksson, Nick Lidstrom, Martin St. Louis.

Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Pavel Datsyuk, Ryan Kesler, Jonathan Toews.

Adams Award (coach of the year): Barry Trotz, Dan Bylsma, Alain Vigneault.

Masterton Trophy (perseverence and dedication): Ray Emery, Ian Laperriere, Daymond Langkow.

Ted Lindsay Award … formerly the Lester Pearson Award (NHLPA’s most outstanding player): Daniel Sedin, Corey Perry, Steven Stamkos.

Messier Leadership Award: Zdeno Chara, Shane Doan, Nick Lidstrom.

I’d like to know what you guys think. Remember, all voting was done at the end of the regular season, so playoff performances, or lack thereof, don’t count.

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  1. “…Sticking on the subject of defensemen, I asked Clark about former first-rounder Michael Del Zotto, what happened to him last season and what might happen to him this upcoming season. Clark said that Del Zotto’s struggles last season certainly affected Marian Gaborik. In Del Zotto’s rookie season, Clark said, he was able to connect with Gaborik on long breakout passes. That was part of his game that faltered last season as teams adjusted to Del Zotto…

    This never occurred to me.

    And as far as the NYR having no plan coming into the draft, I think the NYR already had their pick: Erixon.

  2. Is the “Messier Leadership Award” really in the same ceremony alongside those others. I mean I love Mess as well, but really? I thought that award was kind of like something out of Ken Danyko’s “Danny’s Den” – where the guys all drank a case of beer and gave out an award.

    The nhl IS really hitting depths if they created this award to give away alongside the Hart. I mean isn’t “Leadership” kind of redundant to “Most Valuable Player” ?

  3. Hart Trophy (MVP): Daniel Sedin

    Vezina Trophy (best goalie): Tim Thomas.

    Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Shea Weber.

    Calder Trophy (rookie of the year): Jeff Skinner.

    Lady Byng Trophy (gentlemanly conduct … who cares?): Who cares?

    Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Pavel Datsyuk

    Adams Award (coach of the year): Dan Bylsma

    Masterton Trophy (perseverence and dedication): Ian Laperriere

    Ted Lindsay Award … formerly the Lester Pearson Award (NHLPA’s most outstanding player): Steven Stamkos.

    Messier Leadership Award: Nick Lidstrom.

    Of course, I could be wrong…

  4. I think Carp should get the Messier Leadership Award for holding this great place together.

  5. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Some knee-jerk observations:

    -2 of the 3 Vezina and Norris candidates are from same team…best goalie – best defenseman…I can see a strong relationship there

    -what is the difference between the Hart and the Ted Lindsay ? Isn’t the most outstanding player probably also the Hart winner ?

    -they should give the Selke to Datsyuk and then rename it for him. He is the best defensive forward I have seen since….well…ever ! (better than Gainey, better than Federov)

    -I vote for Carp for the Messier award

    BTW..Carp, what’s your problem with Vegas ? I have been there twice…fun times !

  6. Ah, The Annual Nebulous Awards…No wonder it’s in Vegas. “What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas”.

  7. Good morning all! Wouldn’t it be a riot (no pun intended) if Luongo beat out Thomas….

    Give all the awards to Carp!

  8. Thank you very much. I have so many people to thank for this honor as I humbly accept the Messier Leadership Award. …

    Actually, maybe we should give Mess the Carp Award.

    Good morning, Sally!

    My problem with Vegas, oh, I don’t know … maybe that it’s not an NHL city. Or a city where anybody outside the hall even knows that the NHL exists — besides the oddsmakers. Maybe because the other leagues have gotten into so much trouble there, because it invites its guests to misbehave and put themselves in positions to get into trouble. Maybe because, if it wasn’t for the dollars, the NHL would run screaming from a town like that.

  9. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Good Morning Carp, Laurel, Ilb, Sally, and Manny! And of course all other important ‘heads as you make your way to the blog this fine ‘morn.

    Sadly, i couldn’t care less about the NHL awards. Won’t be watching, don’t really care who wins. I probably would be interested if Rangers were up for anything.

    mama… LOL at your riot pun!

    Speaking of Odds…. NHL being in Sin City… shall we take guesses which player might get himself in trouble? As we saw from the all-star game, we know Skinner loves himself some vodka… wonder which players might um… take in the local entertainment??

  10. Gab – I like guessing who will get into the most trouble. Maybe this bar tab will rival the Bruins $156K and change bar tab…..I really don’t care who wins. It’s nice that they get awards and they definitely all mean something but I still don’t really care. Just like I don’t want the ESPYs.

    I hope all Americans win the awards and no europansies!

  11. Who will take in the local entertainment? ALL of the players and coaches and attendees. These are professional athletes and sports world people man. They ALL want to enjoy the legalities that are unique to Las Vegas. It’s like having the World Cup in South Africa….The fringe industries will boom and in a few years the world will have a bit more STD’s to go around.

  12. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Yea the ESPY’s are a total joke.

    The Rookie of the year, and Vezina are the only significant award in my eyes… and well yea i guess it’s nice to win the scoring title too.

  13. Awards are stupid. Usually. I just think of baseball. Gold Gloves? Come on. It’s an award made up by a company to sell more gloves. It’s never given to the most deserving person. It’s always given to the most visible person so they can sell more gloves. The NHL needs to think of brands more!

  14. onecupin72yearsand counting on

    Too bad the rangers don’t even get a sniff at these awards.. it tell’s us something about their talent level .

  15. geez 7 years for bryzgalov. ed snider will do anything for a goalie.

    what time schedule come out today? anyone know

  16. Doodie Machetto on

    People that will win (should win):

    Hart: Sedin (St. Louis)
    Vezina: Thomas (Thomas)
    Norris: Chara (Weber)
    Calder: Skinner (Skinner)
    Lady Byng: Lidstrom (St. Louis)
    Selke: Kesler (Toews)
    Adams: Bylsma (Bylsma)
    Masterton: LaPerriere (LaPerriere)
    Lindsay: Perry (Perry)
    Messier: Chara (Doan)

    I have to say that I like that there is an award named after Ted Lindsay, but I don’t like that another award was renamed. Are they going to rename the Norris the “Orr” and eventually the “Lidstrom?” Or any bevy of scoring trophies “Gretzky?” Will the Adams become the “Bowman?” It all just seems silly to me.

  17. first i heard tues for schedule then today now thursday. i cant wait to see our 10 game road trip to start the year

  18. The leadership award? I thought that award was done?…How does anyone not in the locker room know who’s providing the “best” leadership? It’s a dumb award.

  19. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Brandon Prust will win the H(e)art trophy.

    Prust spelled backwards is still Prust. Weird.

    Michael Del Zotto spelled backwards is : Put me on the powerplay.

    I think Torts may blow a gasket with the 24/7 crew in the lockerroom. Can you imagine if a camera guy steps on the logo??? NOW THAT’S GOOD TELEVISION!

  20. Gab – I was saying something similar last night. Torts is such a private guy. What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. I can’t wait to see how he handles having an HBO crew hanging around looking for juicy footage.

  21. I think Torts would be great on 24/7 (even though I never saw a single episode of it) … but he’d have a big problem giving anybody access to pre-game lockerroom, etc.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    Doodie Machetto’s ranking of the Top 15 players the Rangers should draft:

    Normally I suggest best available player, but since we are really deep on defense, they are going to be discounted a little bit.

    1) Ryan-Nugent Hopkins
    2) Jonathan Huberdeau
    3) Adam Larsson
    4) Gabriel Landeskog
    5) Sean Coutourier
    6) Mika Zibanejad
    7) Dougie Hamilton
    8) Ryan Strome
    9) Mark Sheifele
    10) Ryan Murphy
    11) Rocco Grimaldi
    12) Joel Armia
    13) Nicklas Jensen
    14) Jonas Brodin
    15) Nathan Beaulieu

    Honorable mentions to Thomas Jurco, Joe Morrow, Oskar Klefbom, and Jamie Oleksiak.

    Players to avoid (and I think Rangers may actually pick): Tyler Biggs, J.T. Miller, Mark McNeil.

  23. I have an affinity for Palindromes (which isn’t a palindrome – but does have the name PALIN in it)..

    My favorite is: *So Many Dynamos*

  24. Here is a REALLY long one:

    Do good? I? No. Evil anon I deliver. I maim nine more hero-men in Saginaw, sanitary sword a-tuck, Carol, I. Lo! Rack, cut a drowsy rat in Aswan. I gas nine more hero-men in Miami. Reviled, I (Nona) live on. I do, O God.

  25. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Carp – You are right re the Las Vegas venue for the awards being crassly commericial. These choices are not random. The broader implication here is that Bettman wants an NHL franchise in Las Vegas. Just as he wants a franchise in Kansas City, not because KC has a nice palatial arena, but because he knows a KC franchise would be another flop along the lines of HIS Atlanta expansion idea, and along the lines of the absurdly idiotic NHL presence in Columbus and Nashville. Hell, everyone knows if the Columbus and Nashville franchises moved to Moose Jaw and White Horse they would do better than they are doing now.

    Have a nice day.

  26. Gift of GAB-orik on

    good call on NOXON Carp. I’m poaching that through an offer sheet and will be using that on facebook!

    During a field sobriety test, an officer once asked Prust to count backwards from 10. Prust told him the cop the officer didn’t have that long.

  27. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    LW welcome to my timezone!!!


    what russian tennis hottie is #1 on your list now?

    Is the guy from fish called wanda still around?

    Moving sucks!!!

    My fave comments from the new rule 48 stuff…

    “It’s a very slippery slope, and I know people say, ‘Why don’t they just give 50 games every time there’s one of these?’ ”Burke said. “Well, we don’t want to get to a game where there’s no hitting. If people want to watch that, they can go to Europe.”…did some one from here actually make that last part of the quote??? LOL!!

    Rule 41 governing boarding was also broadened, Shanahan announced. It will now penalize any player who “checks or pushes” a defenseless opponent in a way that causes the opponent to strike the boards “violently or dangerously.”…thank you mr boychuk (should have been a suspension and how it will be)

    your post of jagr’s comments were great…Jagr=putz

    Defending the Visor Wearers: A Francophone Blog

  28. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    now it will be, not how…sorry all!!


    Defending the Visor Wearers: A Francophone Blog

  29. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I voted perry, just an FYI (usually not good at the awards, draft picks yes, awards no)

    Defending the Visor Wearers: A Francophone Blog

  30. I agree, I think the new rule is a good step forward. It still isn’t crystal clear, but it’s a step.

  31. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    umm, no! Try the opposite!!

  32. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    absolutely, nothing else is even an option!!

  33. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Crack of Noon!

    Defending the Corps: Semper Fi

    Palindrone: Any of her numerous brainfart comments.

  34. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I know!!

    damn, great idea!!

  35. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    back to the moving grind, have a great day all!!

    Later assens!

    Defending the Visor Wearers: A Francophone Blog

  36. LOL! Nice palindrome, Izzy.

    Wick, thanks! I hope he goes to the Wings! Good luck with the rest of the move!

    Did you guys see MDZ RT’ing a fan that wants Stamkos? LOL! He needs to focus more on his passing and less on Tweeter…

  37. Del Zotto LOVES twitter. I don’t personally understand Twitter so I can’t even understand what is happening on it. I just know that he loves it. He’s young. It shows.

  38. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I am indeed on FB manny… i’m ‘friends’ with Linda, Laurel and others.

    You can probably find me through the Boneheads page on there.

  39. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Del Zotto’s early days were like 3 years ago…. the young pup that he is.

    I saw grit and physicality his rookie season. As his body matures and he gets stronger, he’ll be more stable defensively… but he’s on Offensive D-man… let’s not assume he’s going to be a shut down guy or anything.

    If he gives us offense, and helps on the PP, i’m good with that. We have Staal, Girardi, Sauer, Erixon, McD, and later McIllwraith to be a bruiser.

    We’ll be ok defensively… we need goals!

    Did we offer sheet Stamkos yet?

  40. I am still LOL’ing over the comments I’m reading on Puck Daddy’s post about Bryzgo’s purported contract with the Flyers. At best he stops maybe 20 goals more than what their goaltending was already doing. But in order to fit him in under the cap they probably have to trade someone that creates at least that many goals scored, if not more.

    I fully support them giving him the 7 year/$50M deal.

  41. Amen, CT. Please let the Phlyers give him that contract! Please!

    They might just be desperate enough to do it. I don’t understand why they don’t just get a guy like Vokoun to make a run. Maybe Bobrovsky will be ready once Vokoun’s 1 year contract is up.

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    I think his upside is limited. I think we could get two picks with similar upside by trading down. I’ve also read that he can be undisciplined with penalties.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    He’s more NHL ready than most, but I just don’t see him with a real ceiling. I think he would fit in on our team as a 3rd line wing, maybe a 2nd line wing in a pinch.

    I’d rather take a boom or bust offensive player like Rocco Grimaldi.

  44. I was actually wondering if trade deadline would rival a playoff loss. Funny that you’re right on it, doodie.

  45. I like Grimaldi and Jurco. I think they will be available to the Rangers at 15….they both have world class skill but can also be boom/bust picks…

    Obviously, you take Coutourier if he’s available…but, I think he goes top 5…

  46. I really enjoy making pornographic style names for LOTR. None are appropriate for this forum unfortunately.

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    NYR_Fan, yes, obviously Cutourier will be long gone by 15 (I actually think he goes in the 6-9 range since he isn’t top 4 and the Islanders are going to go defense if they have any brains). I ranked everyone just so I could see how far someone could slip to us.

    I think Grimaldi is a possibility, but I really think they take JT Miller or Tyler Biggs.

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    Ugh, It’s ok. They’ve fallen in love with their own hype so now there is a crazy line and insane price. Good pizza, don’t get me wrong, but I still don’t even think it’s the best.

  49. When the most consistent offensive player on a team is Callahan, the team is in trouble. Brad Marchand was one of the best Boston Bruins throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. Brad Marchand was a rookie this year and is not one of the Bruins most talented players, and Marchand helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. An offense that is in good shape is an offense in which Ryan Callahan is a 2nd or 3rd liner and not one of your top three scorers.

    Defending the Core: A Rangers blog

  50. bull dog line on

    I don’t have a top 15, but I do have a wish list. some more realistic than others.
    1 hope the Rangers trade up and take Landaskog. I think he is the best player in the draft.
    2 hope Zibanejad falls. like him a lot.
    3 Armia, natural goal scorer.
    4 Matt Puempel, gifted goal scorer, will probably be there when Rangers pick.
    I think they end up taking Matt Mcneill. ha has been dropping in most mocks to the Rangers. safe, solid pick.

  51. Trade Callahan?

    Callahan had a career year with 23 goals and 48 points in just 60 games! If not for the injuries, i bet he would hit 60+ points easily. Not too shabby for a third liner, eh? So David…take your whining somewhere else.

  52. czechthemout!!!! on

    They need to draft one of

    McNeil, Peumpel, Scheifele, Arima,
    Biggs, or Ryan Murphy if for some reason he should slide.
    Would not go anywhere near Grimaldi. He is just simply too small.
    We can’t afford anymore first round busts like bobby sags give bust and the soon to be bust named Mcilrath.

  53. czechthemout!!!! on

    I would also use Girardi in a trade along with next years number two for this years first(#9) and this years third.
    I would use that pick on Zibinjad or Murphy. If they come pit of this draft with Zibinjad, or Murphy, and McNeil, and Erixon, Sather would have had the best off-season he ever had here.

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