And the nominees are . . .

Everybody, and I do mean everybody, likes to win awards. Used-car salesman. Rodeo clowns. Math teachers. You name a profession, chances are there's an award to be won.

Earlier today, the National Hockey League announced the nominees for eight awards:

Jack Adams Award (Outstanding Coach): Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres; Michel Therrien, Pittsburgh Penguins; Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Sportsmanship and Gentlemanly Conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche; and Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning.
Calder Memorial Trophy (Outstanding Rookie): Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins; and Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche.
Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player To His Team): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; and Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks.
James Norris Memorial Trophy (Outstanding All-Around Defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks; and Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks.
Lester B. Pearson Award (Most Outstanding Player as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning; and Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks.
Frank J. Selke Trophy (Outstanding Defensive Forward): Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes; Samuel Pahlsson, Anaheim Ducks; and Jay Pandolfo, New Jersey Devils.
Vezina Trophy (Outstanding Goaltender): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; and Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks. Third-place tie led to four finalists, rather than three.
Winners will be announced June 14.

Based on regular-season results, some award winners have already been named:

Art Ross Trophy (regular-season's top scorer): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, 120 points
Maurice Richard Trophy (most regular-season goals): Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, 52 goals
William M. Jennings Trophy (fewest goals scored against): Nicklas Backstrom and Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild, 191 goals allowed.

Now that the nominees have been named, here are my predictions:

Calder Memorial Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes
Hart Memorial Trophy: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Jack Adams Award: Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester B. Pearson Award: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Vezina Trophy: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

For comparison purposes, and fodder for a good belly laugh, here are my preseason picks:

Art Ross Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 119 points
* Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and sportsmanship): Jeremy Roenick, Phoenix Coyotes
Calder Memorial Trophy: Gilbert Brule, Columbus Blue Jackets
** Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP): Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Mike Fisher, Ottawa Senators
Hart Memorial Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin
Jack Adams Award: Ron Wilson, San Jose Sharks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
* King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership and humanitarian efforts): Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester B. Pearson Award: Joe Thornton
Maurice Richard Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin, 58 goals
Vezina Trophy: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ryan Miller and Martin Biron, Buffalo Sabres

* Winner will be announced June 14
** Winner announced at conclusion of Stanley Cup finals.



Anonymous JLS said...

My picks are:

Luv ya Lindy but Therrien got a team not expected to go as far as they did sooner.

Gentleman Joe Sakic

Can you really call Malkin a rook after playing in Russian Pro leagues and Stastny is a pedigree....I will go with Staal because of all his shorthanded goals

Tough choice here...to me it is a crap shoot because they are all equally important to their team, but....Sid the Kid

With all the geezers the Wings have on "D", I think he is the most outstanding...though hard to pick against Pronger (but I don't like his wife...)

I think that shooters will vote for goalies and goalies vote for shooters, so based on that logic and since there are more shooters than goalies....Luongo wins

Rod is the natural choice but since his team did not do well, I am going to go with Pandolfo

I think Luongo is the sexy choice but I feel Kiprusoff is most valuable to his team considering the talent around him.

That is my picks...probably far off, but what the hey...everyone sees things from their own perspective and these are mine.

6:55 PM  

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