Crosby, Sedin, Ovechkin finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

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.

Here’s
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
of the
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,
and it
remains the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on
the
tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award. The Award honours
Ted
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
23, 2010
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
career-high
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
himself
to be a bona-fide superstar, having already won the NHLPA’s “Most
Outstanding
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
in the
league in points (109) and goals (50). This is the third straight season
that
Ovechkin has reached the 100-point plateau and tallied more than 50
goals –
reaching the 50-goal plateau for the fourth time in his five-year
career. The
two-time defending recipient of both the NHLPA’s “Most Outstanding
Player” award
and the Hart Trophy, Ovechkin led the Capitals to their
third-consecutive
Southeast Division title in 2009-10, as well as the first Presidents’
Trophy in
franchise history. Should Ovechkin be selected, he would join Guy
Lafleur and
Wayne Gretzky as the only players to win the award in three consecutive
seasons.

 

Henrik Sedin, of
Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, appeared in all 82 games for
the Vancouver Canucks in 2009-10, winning the Art Ross Trophy with a
league-high
112 points (29 goals, 83 assists). Playing every game of the season for
the
fifth consecutive year, Henrik far surpassed the 82 points he registered
in
2008-09, establishing a new career-high in points. Henrik also set three
different Canucks franchise records in 2009-10: passing Trevor Linden
for the
club’s all-time assists lead; eclipsing Pavel Bure’s single-season
points
record; and besting the Canucks single-season assists record, breaking
the
previous record he set in 2006-07.

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    Video: Flames goalie makes incredible behind-the-back glove save

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    A save of the year candidate in September? It’s possible.

    Jon Gillies of the Calgary Flames made an incredible stop during Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Vancouver Canucks.

    The camera angle from directly above the net is the best, as it clearly shows how Gillies appeared to bump the puck back toward the goal line, then suddenly reach back with a no-look, behind-the-back glove save to prevent a Canucks goal and stop play.

    That is one incredible save.

    Drouin shows ‘commitment’ to community with donation to Montreal hospital

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    Jonathan Drouin has yet to play a regular season game for his new team, the Montreal Canadiens.

    But after getting traded to the Habs in the summer, Drouin has already made a sizable contribution in the community, donating $500,000 over 10 years to the University of Montreal Hospital Centre and planning to help in the fundraising activities to raise an additional $5 million, according to The Canadian Press.

    From Sportsnet:

    “I think all of that had some impact on his overall decision making,” Drouin’s agent Allan Walsh told Sportsnet. “One day when he’s retired and 50 years old, that hospital [which will begin serving patients for the first time this coming October] will still be here and he’ll have played a role in its development. That means something to him.

    “But I think more than anything else he wants to help people. If he can help people—the hospital is going to be the largest hospital in North America and there’s a tremendous need for it in the city—and if he can use the fact that he plays for the Montreal Canadiens to do that, I wish more players felt that kind of responsibility to their communities.”

    As noted in the Sportsnet piece above, Drouin is following in the footsteps of Saku Koivu and P.K. Subban, who made generous donations in the community during their time in Montreal.

    The Habs acquired Drouin from the Lightning in June, sending prospect defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa Bay. They then signed the 22-year-old forward — who was born in nearby Ste-Agathe, Que. — to a six-year, $33 million contract.

    It won’t be long before the pressure falls on Drouin’s on-ice ability, especially playing as a potential No. 1 center in Montreal and essentially being a hometown player for the Habs. But without even playing a meaningful game for his new team, he’s already giving back to an important cause in the city.

    “And when you look at that, if you make $6 million and you give $50,000 a year, it’s not a big deal and you get tax receipts,” he said, per the Montreal Gazette. “But it’s a commitment, and being involved in the community and doing something for your community I think it’s something that you have to do.”

    Lupul apologizes, takes ‘full responsibility’ after calling out Maple Leafs on Instagram

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    Joffrey Lupul made headlines earlier this week after appearing to make accusations against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Instagram.

    The comments — which have since been deleted but caught on a screen grab — came after the Maple Leafs announced Lupul failed his physical prior to training camp for the second year in a row.

    “I’m ready … just awaiting the call,” Lupul wrote in the comments section of the Instagram post, per the screen grab. “haha failed physical? They cheat. Everyone lets them.”

    On Wednesday, the 33-year-old forward, who hasn’t played since the 2015-16 season, posted a statement on his verified Twitter account, saying his Instagram comments were an “inappropriate response.”

    Here is his entire statement:

    What’s also significant is that he stated he will not seek a second medical opinion regarding this failed physical. As previously noted, that option was available to him, although, per reports, the deadline for this was 5 p.m. on Thursday.

    Lupul is in the final year of his five-year, $26.25 million contract.

    Erik Cole retires as a member of the Hurricanes

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    Erik Cole has officially retired.

    The Carolina Hurricanes made the announcement on Wednesday, stating that Cole signed a ceremonial contract with the NHL team and retired as a member of the Hurricanes.

    Now 38 years old, Cole played 892 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 265 goals and 532 points. A number of his best seasons occurred while he was with the Hurricanes, reaching 30 goals with the 2005-06 Stanley Cup winning team.

    His best season came with the Montreal Canadiens in 2011-12, as he scored 35 goals and 61 points.

    His last season was in 2014-15. He began the year in Dallas and was moved to Detroit at the trade deadline, but a spinal cord contusion essentially meant an end to his playing career.

    From the Detroit Free Press in April, 2015:

    Cole revealed Wednesday that he has a spinal cord contusion severe enough doctors have cautioned him not to play again this spring.

    “It stems back from my neck injury in 2006,” Cole said. “When I ran into the player in the Arizona game, I bruised my spinal cord. A spinal contusion is something that you have to let heal and obviously, it’s a pretty serious occurrence. Doctors feel I need to look out for my well-being as a person, not just as a hockey player.”

    Cole is now a team ambassador for the Hurricanes.