Tyler Myers wins Calder Trophy


tylermyers.jpgIn one of the more heavily-debated awards amongst media and fans, it turns out that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers really didn’t have much in the way of competition on the way to winning the NHL’s Calder Trophy as the top rookie. Here’s how the voting breakdown went.

                        Pts.        (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
        1.        Tyler Myers, BUF        1178        (94-29-5-3-1)
        2.        Jimmy Howard, DET        778        (24-45-34-16-5)
        3.        Matt Duchene, COL        755        (12-42-53-25-1)
        4.        Tuukka Rask, BOS        339        (2-14-19-31-33)
        5.        John Tavares, NYI        303        (0-2-18-50-49)
        6.        Niclas Bergfors, ATL        30        (0-0-2-2-14)
        7.        Jamie Benn, DAL        20        (0-0-1-2-9)
        8.        Michael Del Zotto, NYR        15        (0-1-0-0-8)
        9.        Victor Hedman, T.B.        6        (0-0-1-0-1)
        10.        Evander Kane, ATL        6        (0-0-0-1-3)
        11.        Johnny Boychuk, BOS        3        (0-0-0-1-0)
                Cody Franson, NSH        3        (0-0-0-1-0)
        13.        T.J. Galiardi, COL        3        (0-0-0-0-3)
                James van Riemsdyk, PHI        3        (0-0-0-0-3)
        15.        Tyler Bozak, TOR        2        (0-0-0-0-2)


Myers taking home the award by 400 points and having 70 more first place votes than Jimmy Howard, the voters enthusiastically said that Myers was their man and who can argue with what the 20 year-old defenseman did this year and sound logical.

The 6’8″, 222-lb. defenseman led the Sabres in ice time per game (23:44), three minutes more than blueline partner Henrik Tallinder who ranked second. He shared second place on the club in plus-minus (+13) and was fifth in scoring (11-37–48). Myers ranked at or near the top in several rookie categories, including average ice time (first), shorthanded time (first, 3:04), assists (first), blocked shots (first, 137), plus-minus (T-second) and points (third). He also was one of four rookies to play all 82 games.

Those are mammoth stats but, as always, there’s a hint of controversy as Detroit’s Jimmy Howard put up stellar numbers of his own this season but folks wondered aloud if a 26 year-old should win the rookie of the year award. You have to wonder if that age discrepancy played into the voters minds, but it’s not as if Myers is undeserving. Sometimes it’s nice to have that many great finalists, especially ones that are that young.

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.