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Our selections for Flyers' 2018-19 awards

Our selections for Flyers' 2018-19 awards

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Boruk and Jordan Hall.

The topic: Our selections for the Flyers' 2018-19 team awards, which will be handed out before Saturday's regular-season finale.

Bobby Clarke Trophy (Flyers MVP — selected by sportswriters and sportscasters)

Boruk: Sean Couturier 

This is a rather easy one for me. Last season, I had Couturier penciled in until Claude Giroux put the team on his back and carried it to the playoffs. This year, Couturier was once again steady (not spectacular) defensively and led the Flyers in goals. This should be a unanimous selection. 

Hall: Sean Couturier 

Couturier does so much. He's first on the team in goals (career-high 32) and faceoffs won (728), second in points (74) and ice time per game (22:05), third in shorthanded ice time (181:55) and leads Flyers forwards in blocked shots (60). At 26 years old, he should be an untouchable right next to Giroux.

Barry Ashbee Trophy (Most outstanding defenseman — selected by sportswriters and sportscasters)

Boruk: Radko Gudas

Let's be perfectly honest here: no one defenseman on this team was outstanding, so I’m reverting to which blueliner was the most consistent and reliable. Ivan Provorov struggled throughout the first half of the season with giveaways in the defensive zone, while Gudas was steady all season long. Gudas cut down on many of the mistakes and miscues from his previous seasons.

Hall: Travis Sanheim

No defensemen truly stood out this season as Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere experienced down years after career seasons. Sanheim, who just turned 23, was the one who stood out the most when his role grew under interim head coach Scott Gordon.

Yanick Dupre Class Guy Award (Presented to the Flyer who best illustrates character, dignity and respect both on and off the ice — selected by Philadelphia chapter of PHWA)

Boruk: Andrew MacDonald 

Apparently, they don't want to have a multi-award winner in this category, so with Couturier winning the award last season, this is a rather easy selection. Say what you want about the Flyers' defenseman, but MacDonald has been a class act not just this season, but throughout his Flyers tenure. Never complains when he's scratched while also lending his experience to the younger players. 

Hall: Scott Laughton

Laughton has played his butt off every single game this season. He skates hard, is a max-hustle kind of player and treats the game right. He's been respectful, honest and accountable after each difficult loss.

Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Most improved — selected by teammates)

Boruk: Travis Sanheim

There are two names that stick out here: Sanheim and Oskar Lindblom. It wouldn’t surprise me if the players chose Lindblom, but considering the strides Sanheim took in Year 2 playing on the top pair with Provorov, while increasing his point total from 10 his rookie season to 34 in 2018-19, I think Sanheim has made the biggest jump in his overall improvement.  

Hall: Oskar Lindblom

Lindblom, a 2014 fifth-round pick, has taken major strides and looks like a bright spot for the future. His 15 goals are sixth most among NHL rookies and the 22-year-old has played just 13:42 a game this season.

Gene Hart Memorial Award (Player with the most “heart” — selected by Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club)

Boruk: Brian Elliott 

The Flyers' goaltender was the PHWA recipient for the Masterton Award for perseverance and dedication, so I think this award shares some of those same qualities. After gutting it out in last year’s playoffs, Elliott endured a second hip procedure in November after undergoing offseason surgery and has quietly turned in a rather respectable season, which will likely be his last in Philadelphia.

Hall: Claude Giroux

Giroux puts up a lot of numbers and collects different accolades, but he doesn't get enough credit for traits like heart and dedication. He's made numerous adjustments for the better of the team, playing different positions, roles and a lot of minutes. He takes great pride in the wearing the Flyers' jersey.

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Sean Couturier reveals an interesting nickname and clowns Michael Raffl

Sean Couturier reveals an interesting nickname and clowns Michael Raffl

Sean Couturier has been in Philadelphia for nine years and there's a nickname that hasn't become public.

On Saturday night, the NHL tweeted out a video of Couturier to promote the NHL Gaming World Championship. This is where we learned of this interesting nugget.

Paul Bissonnette, the host of the video, alerts Couturier that he had some dirt on the nine-year veteran from Claude Giroux.

It's revealed that his teammates call Couturier "Elton John" because when going in for a breakaway, he sometimes looks like he's carrying a piano on his back.

That's one you can't live down.

Once the spotlight is taken off Couturier, he chose Michael Raffl as the biggest jokester on the team and started modifying some of his skills and attributes in NHL20.

For example, Couturier gives Raffl a high mark for speed, but pokes fun at his lack of physicality. The body checking attribute came down big time.

For the rest of Couturier's answers, watch the video here:

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Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

With the season on hold, many of the Flyers have gone back to their hometowns for the time being, until they receive word about what the next step will be for the NHL.

That gave Carter Hart the chance to check in with NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes on Friday night during an Instagram live. There, they talked about a wide range of things, including hobbies, an ugly suit trip and Hart even had a few teammates crash the chat room.

There’s a lot of extra time on the players’ hands right now, so what has Hart been up to? Mostly playing guitar and a lot of NBA2K.

He plays both electric and acoustic guitar, but it’s still a work in progress.

“I just wanted to get into something a little different,” Hart said. “I thought guitar would be the easiest thing to try and pick up, but it’s pretty hard.” 

And with the mention of the NBA, of course Weekes had to check in and see who Hart had been rooting for leading up to the season on pause. Obviously, many in Canada cheer for the Raptors but now that he’s playing in Philadelphia? 

“Living in Philly now, I've got to cheer for the Sixers,” Hart said.

Smart answer from the 21-year-old. And he certainly nailed the dynamic of the fans that he loves playing in front of. 

“If we’re sucking, they’re going to let us know,” Hart joked. “But if we’re winning, they’re behind us.”

Then a conversation that originally stemmed from pizza turned into Hart breaking down a roast session about him from his teammates. Apparently, the team had an ugly suit trip when it was off to Columbus — something that we’ll definitely need to do more research on — but Hart has only a handful of suits on the regular rotation. 

“I only have three suits,” Hart said. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to wear this,’ and I show up to the plane and everyone was like, ‘That’s the suit you wear all of the time.’

“I was like, ‘Wow, what do you want from me? You guys hate it anyways.’” 

Of course, it’s all in good fun … at least we hope. 

And soon enough, his buddies crashed the chat. About 75 percent through the stream, Nolan Patrick joined the party and started to have some fun in the comment section.  It wasn’t long before the captain Claude Giroux tuned in as well, coaching the young goalie of how to get to his end point when talking in an interview. Always looking out for the kiddo. Former teammate Dale Weise even joined the chat party, so naturally him and Patrick were joking around. 



It’s safe to say these guys certainly miss seeing each other daily. Hopefully we’ll get more live streams in the near future. 

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