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:
New York Rangers
2004Martin St. Louis
Tampa Bay Lightning
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
An off-day did nothing to slow down the 1998 National League MVP as Sosa collected his second straight 2-homer game May 27 of that season.
He went deep in the eighth and ninth innings of a Cubs' 10-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field, driving in 3 runs.
The first homer - off Darrin Winston - was an absolute blast, traveling an estimated 460 feet. The second shot was tame in comparison with only 400 feet as a recorded distance.
In a matter of two games, Sosa raised his season OPS from .930 to .988 and his slugging percentage from .521 to .577 thanks to a pair of 2-homer contests.
Fun fact: Doug Glanville - former Cubs outfielder and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst - was the Phillies leadoff hitter that day in 1998, collecting three hits and scoring a pair of runs.
Yu Darvish now has more trips to the disabled list in a Cubs uniform than wins.
The Cubs place their 31-year-old right-handed pitcher on the DL Saturday evening with right triceps tendinitis. The move is retroactive to May 23, so he may only have to miss one turn through the rotation.
In a corresponding move, Randy Rosario was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to provide Joe Maddon with another arm in the bullpen. Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday in Darvish's place.
Thanks to two off-days on the schedule last week, the Cubs should be fine with their rotation for a little while. Jon Lester could go on regular rest Monday, but the Cubs would need to make a decision for Tuesday given Kyle Hendricks just threw Friday afternoon.
That decision could mean Mike Montgomery moving from the bullpen to the rotation for a spot start, or it could be the promotion of top prospect Adbert Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa.
Either way, this is more bad news for Darvish, who has had a rough go of it since he signed a six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs in February.
Between issues with the weather, the concern of arm cramps in his debut in Miami, leg cramps in Atlanta, a trip to the disabled list for the flu, trouble making it out of the fifth inning and now triceps tendinitis, it's been a forgettable two months for Darvish.
He is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 40 innings with the Cubs.
Over the course of 139 career starts, Darvish is 57-45 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and has averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings.