Nieuwendyk, Gilmour, Oates and Ciccarelli garner most HHOF votes among PHT, hockey bloggers

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niewyflames.jpgAfter polling the gang at PHT and 10 hockey bloggers, Joe Nieuwendyk stood head and shoulders above all of the other Hockey Hall of Fame candidates as the most deserving inductee for 2010. The four most competitive runners-up were Doug Gilmour, Adam Oates, Dino Ciccarelli and Dave Andreychuk. Cammi Granato, Alex Mogilny and Eric Lindros were the only other eligible candidates to receive more than one vote while a wide range of people earned at least one.

Let’s take a look at the possible inductees, from most votes to one vote each. The maximum number of votes is 13 and every pick counted as one vote – there were no bonuses given to a “first place winner.”

Overall Tally

Niewendyk – 10
Gilmour – 7
Oates – 6
Ciccarelli – 5
Andreychuk – 4
Granato – 2
Mogilny – 2
Lindros – 2

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Chabot
Vernon
Vanbiesbrouck
Housley
Rheaume
Lowe
Lindros
Makarov

So, the closest thing to a consensus four-person ballot would be:

1. Nieuwendyk
2. Gilmour
3.
Oates
4.
Ciccarelli

That only person to come up with that exact ballot (though not necessarily in that order) was PHT’s own Joe Yerdon.

I was pleased to see the name Cammi Granato come up quite often and also noticed that Pavel Bure might have been the dominant force in the “honorable mention” category. I wonder if that’s a sign that the two very different hockey players might have a chance to make it into the Hall of Fame, even if it doesn’t happen in 2010.

Now that we’ve covered a big chunk of the hockey blogosphere’s opinion on the subject, I’d like to ask PHT readers out there. If you had a four-person ballot, who would you pick? Are there any candidates who shouldn’t have gone unnoticed or didn’t receive enough votes? Tell us in the comments.

Here are the two in-depth voting posts one more time, if you need some food for thought.

PHT’s choices

10 hockey bloggers provide their ballots.

Devils unveil ‘The Salute’ statue in honor of Martin Brodeur

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The New Jersey Devils on Monday unveiled ‘The Salute’ — a statue paying homage to one of the greatest goalies in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, who will have his No. 30 uniform retired Tuesday at Prudential Center.

“Looking at the pictures of my career and some of the events that meant a lot to me, I always saluted the fans,” Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Devils, told the Fire and Ice blog.

“That picture, at different times, in different jerseys, actually, like with Team Canada, it all came to that same pose.”

More on the statue from the Devils:

The 900-pound bronze statue was created by renowned sculpture and artist Jon Krawczyk, who worked with Brodeur on the design. Krawczyk, a Boonton Township, N.J. native and lifelong Devils fan, who also created the hockey statue on Championship Plaza outside of Prudential Center, personally drove “The Salute” from his Malibu, Cali. studio to the arena late last week.

Video: Panthers furious after Abdelkader ‘cheap shot’ hit on Barkov

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The Florida Panthers are fuming after their skilled 20-year-old forward Aleksander Barkov left Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings following a hit from Justin Abdelkader.

Abdelkader caught Barkov with a hard hit near the goal line as the Panthers player tried to move the puck up ice early in the second period.

The only call on the play was to Panthers’ blue liner Alex Petrovic for the retaliatory cross check on Abdelkader. Barkov left the game and didn’t return with an upper-body injury.

Members of the Panthers irate with the hit, and the fact there was no call.

“It was a cheap hit, I don’t know how the ref didn’t call it,” Nick Bjugstad told the Miami Herald. “It was frustrating, the whole bench felt that way. We’re not happy with it. It turned the game around. Barkov has tough shoes to fill. It looked pretty serious. We’ll see how the league handles it and I think they will. I just don’t know how it wasn’t handled on the ice.”

“You hate to lose your top player, but that’s part of the game,” added Panthers’ head coach Gerard Gallant.

“We’re disappointed to lose him. I thought it was a cheap shot but the referees didn’t see it that way and explained to me it was a clean check. It’s tough. It happens quick and we get to see the replay. I think it’ll be looked at. [Abdelkader] left his feet a little and got him in the jaw.”

The Panthers gave up three goals in the third period in a 3-0 loss to the Red Wings.

Penguins thump the Ducks as Crosby’s hot streak continues

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In a meeting between two clubs enjoying hot streaks and their own subsequent climbs through the standings, the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Anaheim Ducks courtesy another dominant Sidney Crosby performance on Monday.

After that slow start, Crosby has put together a growing number of dominant performances of late.

The latest, a four-point night, helped the Penguins to a 6-2 final over the Ducks, stopping Anaheim’s winning streak at six games.

— He extended his scoring streak to a career best seven games, and did so with two beauty goals versus the Ducks.

— From Dec. 18 to Feb. 8, he’s appeared in 21 games. In that span, he’s recorded 34 points.

— Crosby is now into the top five among NHL players in points, with 53 in 51 games this season.

He wasn’t the only Pittsburgh player to have a big night. Keep in mind, Evgeni Malkin wasn’t even in the lineup due to a lower-body injury.

Ten different Penguins players recorded points. In addition to Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang had multi-point efforts, and four players — Kunitz, Crosby, Olli Maatta and Patric Hornqvist — were plus-four.

The Penguins now move into third in the Metropolitan Division, while the New York Islanders slip into the first Wild Card spot in the East. Pittsburgh’s lead over the Islanders, however, is only one point.

The Islanders also have a game in hand.

Panthers’ Barkov (upper-body injury) leaves game versus Red Wings

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The Florida Panthers will be without Aleksander Barkov for the remainder of their game versus the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

As per multiple reports, Barkov will not return due to an upper-body injury suffered after a hit from Justin Abdelkader early in the second period.

Abdelkader wasn’t given a penalty on the play. Barkov didn’t play another shift after that hit.

In 42 games this season, the 20-year-old Barkov has 16 goals and 35 points.