Well, an update to the Blackhawks roster is that Brian Bickell under went tendon surgey yesterday morning and will be out for 6-8 weeks.
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imo all the vezina candidates this year are terribly overrated.. but maybe that's just me.
SO who do you guys think wins the following Trophies?
GM of the Year: Going to have to go with Stevie Y. took a team that wasnt in the playoffs to into the playoffs.
Vezina: Thomas, was there ever any doubt?
Rookie of the Year: Couture
Lady Bing: Hoping Lidstrom but i think St Louis locks it up.
Lidstrom Trophy: The name speaks for itself, with Weber as a close second.
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Then again, Cam Ward did have incredibly similar stats to Lundqvist except for his higher GAA. Could have had something to do with Cam facing about 400 shots this season. That is basically 15-18 ex games worth of shots. And people wonder why Carolina didn't make the playoffs. Hi, my name is defense.
My award picks that have had candidates announced so far:
Vezina: Tim Thomas, shouldn't even be close in voting
GM Award: Yzerman, and not because I am a Wings fan. Nope not at all.
Lady Byng: Lidstrom. He has been up for the award numerous times and hasn't won it. The most consistent D-man in the league by far. Never handicaps his team with penalties, always plays with class and has for 20 years.
Norris: Lidstrom. If for no other reason that his swan song. His final season, there is no way he doesn't win the award. Weber is certainly a deserving candidate, but he is stuck in a bad spot with Lidstrom likely done after this season. Incredible offensive year, the top QualCom score in the league by about 50%, which by the way is fucking insane.
Calder: I think Couture deserves it. Hell they all deserve it. Grabner plays on the Islanders who are just horrible defensively and he managed a +13 as a forward. Skinner is a pop star in Raleigh and has been a ridiculous source of enthusiasm on and off the ice. If the NHL was smart, their marketing department would jump on his bandwagon right now. They aren't though so expect more Crosby ads, superhero themed campaigns, etc.
Not yet announced:
Selke: Has to be Kesler this season with Datsyuk hurt. Nearly stole it from him last season. Wouldn't doubt he gets his this year.
Adams: My vote would certainly go to Dave Tippett with the constant shitstream he has to deal with in Phoenix with the relocation debacle that Bettman has put them in. Vancouver's coach will probably win though as they had a great season and I think were tops in man games lost.
Clancy: Who knows. I think Lidstrom was the Wings nominee and I really wouldn't be surprised if he got it for dedication to service and the game over two decades.
Messier: Again, totally up in the air as it can be anyone. Another award I wouldn't doubt that Lidstrom wins as he was the team captain, had his best offensive year, and with his off ice work in Detroit.
Last edited by conscript; 2011-04-26 at 10:01 PM.
I'm going to be downtown watching the game... So I'll be in the thick of things win or lose.
I remember it all too well