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Nominations begin for 2012 NHL Awards

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Nominations begin for 2012 NHL Awards

The Calder Trophy candidates kicked of the first round of the 10-day NHL Award nomination announcements. New Jersey's Adam Henrique, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are battling for the title of the league's top rookie.

Here are the dates for the rest of the finalist announcements:

Monday, April 23: Selke Trophy (top defensive forward), Lady Byng Trophy (skillsportsmanship)

Tuesday, April 24: Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey), General Manager of the Year

Wednesday, April 25: Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)

Thursday, April 26: Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

Friday, April 27: Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)

Monday, April 30: Jack Adams Award (top head coach), NHL Foundation Player Award (community service)

The 2012 NHL Awards are set to take place on June 20 at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. NBC Sports Network and Canada's CBC will air the live event.
Who are your top picks for this year's nominations?

It sounds like Jay Cutler is bored in retirement

It sounds like Jay Cutler is bored in retirement

After a week off the air, “Very Cavallari” was back with a new episode, which meant more Jay Cutler in retirement.

This week we were treated to Cutler being as sarcastic as ever and sulking about having nothing to do. Cutler’s first scene involved him and his wife, Kristin Cavallari, talking about their relationship and spending time with each other. Cavallari is going to do another pop-up shop for her fashion store, which means more travel. Jay, your thoughts?

“Oh, great,” Cutler said with his trademark sarcasm.

Later in the conversation we get a bleak look into Jay Cutler post-football.

“I just hang out and clean up,” Cutler said.

Sounds like he may want to hit up the announcing gig he had lined up before coming out of retirement and heading to the Dolphins for the 2017 season.

Next, we got Cutler shopping for birthday presents for their 3-year-old daughter. If nothing else, this was amusing to see Cutler shopping for gifts for little girls.

Watch the video above to see all of the best of Cutty, which also features him designing jewelry for some reason.

Cubs Talk Podcast: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers

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Cubs Talk Podcast: David Bote’s wild ride and a huge test for Cubs pitchers

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ series win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, which capped off with yet another David Bote walk-off and a surprising performance from Tyler Chatwood. They also break down where this Cubs team is at as they get set to welcome the high-powered Dodgers offense into Chicago later in the week.

:30 – The Kelly Effect

1:00 – David Bote’s wild ride

2:00 – El Mago’s magic pays off for Cubs yet again

3:30 – Bote’s adjustments

6:40 – Chatwood’s big day

8:50 – What’s next for Chatwood?

10:10 – Lester’s return is right around the corner

11:30 – Cubs pitching firing on all cylinders

12:00 – Did Kap jinx Strop?

13:30 – Dodgers pose a big challenge for Cubs pitching staff

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: