One of the final awards to have their final three announced is the Ted Lindsay Award given out by the NHLPA. For this award, the players vote on who they believe to be the most valuable player for the league is and while the nominees for this award usually fall in line with what the finalists for the Hart Trophy, this year’s trio of Lindsay Award finalists sees one deviation.
While Corey Perry and Daniel Sedin are also finalists for the Hart Trophy and the Lindsay Trophy this year, Steve Stamkos gets the final spot from the players this year. His teammate Martin St. Louis is a finalist for the Hart Trophy, but the players feel that it’s Stamkos that helped the Lightning to their surprising season that saw them end up fifth in the Eastern Conference and are now in the Eastern Conference final.
The cases for all players are pretty simple but this one boils down to what the players opinions are. So now it’s a question of what the players value overall. If they’re all about the points, then Daniel Sedin is their choice as he led the NHL in points.
If it’s goal scoring prowess then Corey Perry gets the call as he dominated the second half of the season on his way to scoring 50 goals and willing the Ducks into the playoffs and the fourth seed in the West.
Stamkos is the flip opposite of what Perry did as Stamkos dominated in the first half of the season and helped establish Tampa Bay as a legitimate team this year. His goal scoring cooled off considerably towards the end of the season but it was he and St. Louis who helped keep the offense rolling along while others were injured or struggling throughout the year. Still, scoring 45 goals and ending up fifth in the NHL in points is still pretty good.
We’d like to think the players are going to have their vote split between Perry and Sedin on this award. It’s always curious to see who the players choose for this award because you’re never quite sure who’s totally respected for what they do. The quotes you get after games can end up misleading you into thinking that some guys don’t earn the same level of respect. If we had to pick the brain of the NHLPA members, we’re thinking Perry gets the win here.
What do you think? Is it Perry’s to win or will Daniel Sedin’s tremendous season and Vancouver getting the top spot in the NHL will make the case for him? Or is it time for a darkhorse to win in Stamkos? Vote in our poll and let us know in the comments what you think.
Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’
The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.
Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.
Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.
“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”
Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:
He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.
Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.
Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.
Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).
A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:
Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.
It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.
After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.
Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.