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New Kings captain Anze Kopitar wins Selke Trophy

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There was stiff competition for the Selke Trophy, but in the end, Anze Kopitar garnered more votes for the award than Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler.

Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who “best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

This season, the 28-year-old Kopitar scored 25 goals and 74 points in 81 regular season games, while averaging almost 21 minutes of ice time as well. He was also dominant at five-on-five, with a Corsi For rating of 57.4 per cent, and 2.98 goals-for per 60 minutes compared to 1.78 goals-against per 60 minutes, as per stats.hockeyanalysis.com.

He was also recently named the new captain of the L.A. Kings.

Bergeron has dominated the Selke landscape, winning the award three of the last four years and being a finalist in five straight years, while Kesler won it back in 2011.

2015-2016 Selke Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK 1145 (77-36-20-7-2)
2. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 996 (46-52-27-11-4)
3. Ryan Kesler, ANA 424 (9-20-24-17-23)
4. Jonathan Toews, CHI 409 (5-16-28-29-20)
5. Joe Thornton, SJS 166 (3-3-12-17-4)
6. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 115 (2-5-4-10-10)
7. Sidney Crosby, PIT 73 (2-2-5-4-2)
8. Sean Couturier, PHI 62 (0-1-2-10-15)
9. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 55 (0-3-2-5-9)
10. Filip Forsberg, NSH 51 (2-3-1-1-2)
11. Joe Pavelski, SJS 46 (0-2-4-3-3)
12. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 42 (0-2-4-2-2)
13. Jordan Staal, CAR 32 (0-1-3-2-4)
14. David Backes, STL 32 (0-0-3-4-5)
15. Alexander Steen, STL 27 (0-0-0-7-6)
16. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, OTT 25 (1-0-2-1-2)
17. Frans Nielsen, NYI 24 (2-0-0-1-1)
18. Mark Stone, OTT 22 (1-0-0-3-3)
19. Adam Henrique, NJD 13 (0-1-0-1-3)
20. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 13 (0-0-1-2-2)

Patrick Kane captures Ted Lindsay Award

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Patrick Kane is the winner of the 2016 Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted on by his fellow players.

Kane led the league in the regular season with 106 points (46 goals) and was the only player to reach the 100-point plateau as he capturing the Art Ross Trophy.

He set new single-season career highs with goals and points. In fact, prior to this season, he had hit the 30-goal mark only once in his career.

He beats out Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who finished the season with 48 wins to match the single-season record held by Martin Brodeur, and Dallas captain Jamie Benn, who finished second in the league with 89 points, including 41 goals with the high-flying Stars, for the award.

 

‘You guys had a great run’: Obama congratulates Sullivan on Penguins’ Stanley Cup win

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 15:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates during the Victory Parade and Rally on June 15, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It’s a busy time in the hockey calendar. General managers and team executives are working the phones, preparing for the upcoming NHL Draft and free agency.

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan had a pretty important phone call on Wednesday — with President Barack Obama.

Pens TV captured the brief conversation between Sullivan and Obama, who called to congratulate the Pittsburgh bench boss on his team’s Stanley Cup championship, the second for the Penguins in the last eight years.

“I started off my presidency with a Penguins Stanley Cup, and I’m now ending it with a Penguins Stanley Cup,” said Obama to Sullivan.

Related: Penguins are 8/1 favorites to win the Stanley Cup next year

Bettman: Quebec City application deferred due to ‘volatility’ of Canadian dollar, ‘geographic imbalance’

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Hockey fans hoping for a return of an NHL franchise to Quebec City will have to wait for another time.

Speaking to reporters as the NHL announced its expansion to Las Vegas, commissioner Gary Bettman said the application of Quebec City has been deferred due to two resounding factors — the “volatility” of the Canadian dollar and “geographical imbalance” between the Eastern and Western Conferences.

This decision doesn’t close the door completely on possible future expansion into Quebec City.

In his opening remarks at Wednesday’s press conference, Bettman praised the passion for hockey in Quebec City, the “suitability” of the Videotron Center and the prospective ownership group Quebecor.

Pierre Dion, CEO of Quebecor, was on hand for the press conference.

“These components, the ones within the control of the Quebec City applicant are first-rate and I want to thank former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Pierre Dion of Quebecor for the thoroughness of their application and their cooperation throughout this process,” said Bettman.

Yeah, but . . .

“The decision to defer, however, was based on elements over which Quebec City . . . had no control whatsoever. Significantly, the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar throughout the process, including its decline to a low of 68 cents this year was a factor,” said Bettman.

“Unfortunately the state and volatility of the Canadian dollar undermined the achievement of that objective relative to the Quebec City. Moreover, the league’s geographic imbalance with 16 teams already in the Eastern Conference and 14 — now to be 15 — teams in the Western Conference undermined the achievement of that objective relative to Quebec City’s application, as well.”

It was interesting, prior to the beginning of the press conference, to see Dion as part of the list of speakers at the podium. But any speculation or curiosity about his attendance was quickly put to rest.

He was gracious in congratulating Bill Foley in getting an NHL team in Las Vegas, but said bringing the Nordiques back is a “priority” for Quebecor.

“As you all know, we love the game. We will continue to work with determination to achieve this goal,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing the discussion with the NHL.”

Later on, Bettman said the expansion team in this process needed to be in the West.

Bettman also shot down the idea of relocation to Quebec City. There’s been speculation the Carolina Hurricanes could relocate, however Bettman said at the time, “I don’t see the Hurricanes relocating, period.”

“There are no teams in the NHL that are planning on relocation, so that’s not something that anybody should be counting on or focusing on,” he said.

Related: Mulroney: Quebec City may have to wait for expansion team

Sharks GM: Conversations with Brent Burns about contract extension ‘will take place shortly’

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09:  Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks speaks to the media after Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Brent Burns is set to enter the final year of his current contract, and it seems the San Jose Sharks are eager to keep the dynamic defenseman.

Burns, 31, put up 75 points in 82 regular season games, before averaging a point per game in 24 post-season contests for the Sharks this year, as they made it within two wins of the Stanley Cup.

During the regular season, only Erik Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators star blue liner, had more points among NHL defensemen with 82 in 82 games.

Burns has one more year left on his five-year deal with a total value of $28.8 million.

“You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal year,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson, on the subject of a possible contract extension for Burns, as per CSN Bay Area.

“When we acquired him it was a big piece to acquire. There’s no doubt he’s important to us. We want him. I think he loves being here. Those conversations will take place shortly.”

Burns, Karlsson and Drew Doughty were all named as finalists for the Norris Trophy, which will be awarded Wednesday.