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Friday, Oct. 28: Can Kane ignite Toews?

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Friday, Oct. 28: Can Kane ignite Toews?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while probably remaining as the only person that hasn’t seen this David S. Pumpkins thing on Saturday Night Live yet. 

*Patrick Kane is hoping that he can help ignite Jonathan Toews, and the offense that’s been lagging in his game thus far. 

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Detroit Red Wings rolling as the Bruins head into Joe Louis Arena for a potentially rough Saturday night showdown. 

*The new Las Vegas expansion franchise is apparently going to get a preview window for NHL free agency in June ahead of the other 30 teams. 

*Here are some early season adjustment possibilities for your fantasy hockey team if they’ve struggled out of the gate. 

*Big Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath was waived and clears through unclaimed by the other 29 teams this week. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Gary Lawless has the tangled path ahead for Jacob Trouba as he’s the last of the unsigned RFA players waiting to get moved somewhere. 

*I could have lived a perfectly fine life without having to read about Ulf Samuelsson becoming an up-and-coming coach in the AHL. 

*For something completely different: the Prince Museum has officially opened at Paisley Park in Minnesota. 

 

Saturday, July 16: No place like home for Sid The Kid

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Saturday, July 16: No place like home for Sid The Kid

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while staying out of the 90-degree heat.

*Sidney Crosby is a star all over the world, but he’ll never be a bigger deal than he is in his hometown of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia.

*Chicago Blackhawks President John McDonough says that superstar Patrick Kane is “in a good place right now” after plenty of rocky moments over the last couple of years.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the city of Toronto lifting a ban on street hockey that sounds fairly ridiculous in the first place.

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my sit-down with Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo, the future faces of the B’s defensemen corps, at the end of the Bruins Development Camp.

*The Dallas Stars announce a massive eight-year contract for superstar Jamie Benn during their party in the park event.

*There are probably few people happier in the world than Reilly Smith after he was signed to a five-year contract for big dollars by the Florida Panthers.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Pat Hickey is sad to see P.K. Subban go, but says the Canadiens are a better team with Shea Weber. After watching Weber completely run out of gas in last year’s playoffs with the Predators, I want to see it before I believe it.

*For something completely different: Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter blasts Google for trying to break down the walls of Internet music and artist protection rights.

 

 
 

Haggerty’s NHL Awards ballot

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Haggerty’s NHL Awards ballot

With the NHL Awards now all presented to the winners, it’s a good time to quickly review this humble hockey writer’s ballot submitted back in April. I got three of the five winners correct while casting first place votes for Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane, Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty and Calder Trophy winner Artemi Panarin. I voted finalists as my first place winners in both Lady Byng and Selke Trophy, but I admittedly didn’t have Anze Kopitar in my top five for the Byng award given out to the most gentlemanly player.

That was probably the most glaring omission from my ballot, so here it is with a brief explanation after each category:

Hart Trophy

1. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

2. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

3. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

4. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

5. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

My take: Kane was the most dominant player in the NHL last season, and I had little hesitation with picking him as tops in the NHL. I voted Ovechkin second because of Washington’s regular season, and the way the Russian sniper continued growing as a leader along with being his explosive self in the offensive zone. Could I have placed Sid a little bit higher on the list? Maybe, but he was too cold early in the season for me to put him in the top three despite the way things eventually finished for Sid and the Penguins. It also wasn’t going to be at the expense of Benn, who is the best player on that Dallas team by a wide margin, and deserves all kinds of credit for continuing to push the Stars once Tyler Seguin went down with injury. I thought Burns was a game-changer for the Sharks all season, and thought he merited a vote for his truly dominant season on the back end for the Sharks. But I guess I was the only one since my fourth place vote was the only vote he got in the Hart balloting.

 
Norris Trophy

1. Drew Doughty, LA Kings

2. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

3. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

4. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

5. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

My take: This is the one that really gets people upset. I have voted Drew Doughty tops on my Norris ballot for two years in a row because I value his two-way game for the Kings, and the way he sacrifices some offense to play hard at both ends of the ice. I also couldn’t ignore the goals scored by Burns along with the clear physical presence he had for San Jose on a nightly basis. I couldn’t ignore Erik Karlsson’s historic offensive numbers, but I don’t think the Norris is about handing the award to the player with the best stats. Karlsson has stepped up his defensive play of late, but it’s telling to me that Doughty and Burns both led teams that made it to the playoffs. Karlsson did not. If I had to do it over again I’d have flip-flopped Victor Hedman and Kris Letang on the ballot, but I felt very strongly about Doughty, Burns and Karlsson as my 1, 2 and 3.

Calder Trophy

1. Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

2. Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers

3. Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings

4. Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

5. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

My take: Connor McDavid was brilliant for a half-season, but that’s all he played. Artemi Panarin was dominant for the Blackhawks from the go-go and produced all season. Ditto for Shayne Gostisbehere, who was a game-changer for the Flyers and almost helped push them into the playoffs. I gave Larkin and Eichel the edge over McDavid because they played full seasons, and put up similar stats with Eichel putting up more goals and points than the Edmonton rookie. It was a tough break that he got injured during the season, but that had a major impact on my Calder ballot.

Lady Byng

1. Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

2. Sam Reinhart, Buffalo Sabres

3. Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins

4. Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

5. Ryan O'Reilly, Buffalo Sabres

My take: This is always one of the toughest awards to vote on. Barkov and Eriksson were no-brainers, and I probably should have had Anze Kopitar in my top five instead of maybe Patrick Marleau if I had to do over again. On the bright side, I wasn’t the PHWA voter that gave a first-place vote to Patrick Kane in this category.

Selke Trophy

1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

3. Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks

4. Anze Kopitar, LA Kings

5. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

My take: Maybe I’m biased, but I feel like Patrice Bergeron got robbed of this one. The numbers are overwhelming when it comes to face-offs, and the quality of competition he plays against on a nightly basis. I might feel badly about having Kopitar back at fourth on my ballot, but then again 15 voters had Bergeron fourth or fourth on their Selke ballots. I’m not sure what they were watching last season.