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Finalists annouced for Ted Lindsay Award

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Finalists annouced for Ted Lindsay Award

The finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award have been announced for the 2011-2012 season. The annual honor is given to the "most outstanding player" in the league, as voted by members of the National Hockey League Player's Association.

This year's top contenders are Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Steven Stamkos of the Lightning, and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins.

Here's a closer look at the top three finalists:

Lundqvist - Not only is the Nashville goalie nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, but also for the Vezina and Hart Trophies. Lundqvist recorded a save percentage of .903 and earned a total of 39 wins.

Stamkos - He became the 19th players in NHL history to score 60 goals in a single season. The 2008 first overall draft pick also earned the Maurice Richard Award, as well as a nomination for the Hart Trophy.

Malkin - With the Art Ross Award already under his belt, Malkin also remains in the running for the Hart Trophy. The Penguins superstar led the NHL in scoring with 109 points and 339 shots on goal. This is his third Ted Lindsay nomination.

The Penguins lead the league with the most team victories in terms of earning the Ted Lindsay honor, but Wayne Gretzky is first in the NHL in individual wins with five awards when he played with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Ted Lindsay Award has existed since the 1971-1972 season. A Blackhawks player has yet to win.

Here's a look at some past recipients:

YearPlayerTeam2011Daniel Sedin
Vancouver Canucks
2010Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals
2009Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals
2008Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals
2007Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins
2006Jaromir Jagr
New York Rangers
2004Martin St. Louis
Tampa Bay Lightning

Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeks

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Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeks

Denzel Valentine’s troublesome left ankle is going to keep him on the sideline for at least the next two weeks. Fred Hoiberg said Saturday before the Bulls’ home opener against the Detroit Pistons that Valentine is suffering from a bone bruise in the ankle he sprained on the second day of training camp. Valentine will be evaluated in two weeks.

“It sucks because of all the work I put in this summer and being around the guys you want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Things happen for a reason, and now that we know what’s going on I at least have a time frame and be patient with it; it’s bad news but good news at the same time as it gives me time to get ready.”

Valentine had been practicing earlier in the week and appeared close to a return after spraining the ankle on Sept. 25. But the third year wing complained of discomfort in the ankle and missed practice on Friday. A scan of the left ankle revealed the bone bruise, and Hoiberg wouldn’t speculate on when exactly Valentine might return.

It’s the same ankle Valentine had surgery on in May 2017. Valentine also missed the last two weeks of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Valentine or the Bulls, who are in desparate need of help both in the backcourt and on the wing.

Though Valentine isn’t a true point guard, he averaged 3.2 assists per game off the bench last season. The Bulls could use that kind of production when Kris Dunn returns on Monday, as Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono haven’t exactly showed promise in the early going.

Instead, Valentine is on the mend and it’s unclear when he might return. Given he’s had surgery on the same ankle before, the Bulls will be cautious upon his return.

“I’m a fighter, I’m not going to quit; just deal with the hand dealt," Valentine said. "I can’t sit here and be negative, I just got to fight, stay mentally strong and this will be bittersweet when I come back and have a great year.”

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.