Just as with the Hart, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin
have been named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. Formerly known as
the Lester B. Pearson award, it is given to the player voted on by
members of the NHLPA as the “Most Oustanding Player” in the NHL.
the NHL press release:
TORONTO (May 6, 2010)
– The National Hockey League Players’
Association (NHLPA) announced today that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh
Penguins, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Henrik Sedin
Vancouver Canucks have been selected as finalists for the 2009-10 Ted
Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award will be presented
annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by
fellow members of the NHLPA.
On April 29, 2010, the Ted Lindsay Award was introduced,
remains the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on
tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award. The Award honours
Lindsay, an All-Star forward
known for his skill, tenacity, leadership and his role in establishing
the original Players’ Association.
The Ted Lindsay
Award will be presented at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June
to one of the following finalists:
Sidney Crosby, of Cole Harbour,
Nova Scotia, Canada, appeared in 81 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in
2009-10, finishing second in the league in points (109), while his
51 goals tied him with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the “Rocket”
Richard Trophy. In just his fifth NHL season, the 22-year-old has proven
to be a bona-fide superstar, having already won the NHLPA’s “Most
Player” award (2006-07), the Hart Trophy (2006-07), the Art Ross Trophy
(2006-07) and led his club to the 2008-09 Stanley Cup. Crosby is looking to cap off a brilliant season that
also saw him
score the Olympic gold-medal winning goal for Canada.
Alexander Ovechkin, of
Moscow, Russia, appeared in 72 games for the
Washington Capitals in 2009-10, finishing amongst the top-three players
league in points (109) and goals (50). This is the third straight season
Ovechkin has reached the 100-point plateau and tallied more than 50
reaching the 50-goal plateau for the fourth time in his five-year
two-time defending recipient of both the NHLPA’s “Most Outstanding
and the Hart Trophy, Ovechkin led the Capitals to their
Southeast Division title in 2009-10, as well as the first Presidents’
franchise history. Should Ovechkin be selected, he would join Guy
Wayne Gretzky as the only players to win the award in three consecutive
Henrik Sedin, of
Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, appeared in all 82 games for
the Vancouver Canucks in 2009-10, winning the Art Ross Trophy with a
112 points (29 goals, 83 assists). Playing every game of the season for
fifth consecutive year, Henrik far surpassed the 82 points he registered
2008-09, establishing a new career-high in points. Henrik also set three
different Canucks franchise records in 2009-10: passing Trevor Linden
club’s all-time assists lead; eclipsing Pavel Bure’s single-season
record; and besting the Canucks single-season assists record, breaking
previous record he set in 2006-07.
After a good Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks are having a lousy Wednesday morning.
The club has just announced that center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Alex Edler have been sent home from the club’s current two-game road swing, after suffering injuries in a win over Colorado last night.
Craig Oster, Sutter’s agent, told News 1130 his client has a broken jaw after taking a puck to the face. Per TSN, Edler is undergoing “imaging” on his foot following a blocked shot, but it’s believed he’ll be out the next 2-3 weeks.
The impact of these injuries could be profound.
Vancouver hasn’t been good this year but remains in the thick of the playoff chase, sitting just four points back of the Avs for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference — with three games in hand.
At the same time, the Canucks also have two potentially big trade chips at the deadline in pending UFAs Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata.
Will the Sutter and Edler injuries factor into Vancouver’s future plans?
You’d have to think so.
Edler is a staple on the back end, leading all Canuck blueliners in points (20) and TOI per game (24:27). Sutter, meanwhile, was supposed to be a key piece of the club this year but has had most of his season ravaged by injury — prior to the broken jaw, he missed 33 games following sports hernia surgery.
All told, Sutter has appeared in just 20 games this year.
His is also the second major facial injury suffered by a Canuck this season — Hamhuis only recently returned from a 21-game absence after taking a puck to the face in mid-December.
The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
A veteran of almost 800 NHL games, Ehrhoff has not fit well with Los Angeles after signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal in August. The 33-year-old has just 11 points in 40 games and is a team-worst minus-10. Though he had two assists in last night’s 9-2 win over the Bruins, he also took a careless tripping penalty in the first period that led to a Boston goal.
In a related story, the Kings are rumored to be looking for help on the back end. In fact, they were reportedly quite interested in Dustin Byfuglien, before he re-signed with the Jets.
According to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, 23-year-old defenseman Kevin Gravel is “on the verge of a recall” from AHL Ontario.
The Kings play Thursday in Brooklyn.
Nazem Kadri‘s throat-slashing gesture is under review by the NHL, according to TSN.ca.
The Maple Leafs forward made the gesture while sitting on Toronto’s bench last night in Calgary, moments after he was laid out by Flames captain Mark Giordano.
The NHL first started cracking down on the throat-slashing gesture in 2000. Former NHLer Nick Boyton was suspended twice for making the gesture, first in 2006 then again in 2010. He was banned one game for each incident.
After Tuesday’s loss to the Jets — the Blues’ fourth in their last six games — head coach Ken Hitchcock said his club has “got to play harder than this” and “got to compete at a lot higher level than this.”
He then added “it’s up to us to fix it.”
Well, help is on the way.
On Wednesday, the Blues activated forward Jaden Schwartz off injured reserve, after he missed the last 49 contests with a fractured left ankle. Schwartz is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Blues take on the Panthers in Florida.
The 23-year-old should provide an immediate boost to the lineup. Schwartz had four points in seven games before getting hurt, and that came on the heels of a successful ’14-15 campaign in which he posted career highs in goals (28) and points (63).
The Blues’ first-round pick in 2010 (14th overall), Schwartz is a 17-18 TOI per night guy, so he’ll be a big presence almost immediately. His return also inches the team back to full health, though there’s still a ways to go — Alex Pietrangelo and Jake Allen are still week-to-week with knee and lower-body injuries, while Steve Ott is out until late February following hamstrings surgery.
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