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Core signings: Senators lock up Zibanejad, Stone

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The Ottawa Senators announced that they have signed Mika Zibanejad to a two-year, $5.25 million contract extension and Mark Stone to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

Zibanejad will earn $2 million next season and $3.25 million in 2016-17. He was eligible to become a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal.

The 22-year-old forward was taken by Ottawa with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut that year. However, it’s been over the last three seasons that he’s established himself at the NHL level with 99 points in 191 games. In 2014-15, he set career-highs with 20 goals and 26 assists in 80 contests.

Stone, 23, was also coming off of his entry-level contract. He will make $2.25 million in 2015-16, $3.75 million the following campaign, and $4.5 million in 2017-18.

He slipped all the way to the sixth round of the 2010 draft, but he went from recording 28 points in 39 WHL games in his draft year to 106 points with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2010-11. That was an early indication that Ottawa had gotten a steal as after spending a couple years bouncing between the AHL and NHL, Stone firmly established himself last season with 26 goals and 64 points in 80 contests.

He was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, although it ultimately went to defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

The Senators have already done a lot of the heavy lifting expected of them this summer, but they still need to re-sign restricted free agents Alex Chiasson and Mike Hoffman.

PHT Morning Skates: (Video) McDavid’s abilities don’t extend to baseball

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Connor McDavid, along with other top NHL draft prospects, took batting practice, reaffirming that he made the right choice in picking hockey. (Edmonton Sun)

He was interviewed afterwards and you can see that with some footage of his batting practice spliced in:

For an NHL Awards skit, Carey Price and Rob Riggle had some fun with fans that didn’t recognize the Canadiens goaltender:

If you haven’t already watched Jiri Hudler’s acceptance speech, you should remedy that:

Roberto Luongo took a jab at Kanye West:

While we’re on the subject of awards, Central Scouting will be presenting the E.J. McGuire Award for the first time. (NHL.com)

Since the cap era started, the highest payroll team has yet to win the Stanley Cup, although for the last seven years the winner has finished in the league’s top 10 in terms of spending. (Puck Junk)

Meanwhile, in Russia, there’s been a 24-player trade. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Zetterberg, Toews, Burns honored for leadership, charitable efforts

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There’s a lot of hardware handed out during the league’s award ceremony and while some of the awards don’t capture as many headlines, they recognize important aspects and ideals of the NHL.

The King Clancy Trophy for example honors players who exemplifies leadership and makes humanitarian contributions. This year it was given to Henrik Zetterberg, who captained the Red Wings to their 24th consecutive playoff berth. Off the ice, Zetterberg has dedicated himself to his charitable efforts, both in Detroit and internationally. One example is Chige Primary School, which he and his wife built. It allows 225 children in Kemba to get an education and its success led to the construction of the Belta Telo Middle School for 700 students.

Mark Messier’s award similarly honors leadership and this year it was presented to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks captain is just 27 years old, but under his leadership Chicago has won the Stanley Cup three times in the last six years.

The NHL Foundation Player Award, which Zetterberg has also won in the past, highlights players who go above and beyond in their charitable efforts. This year it honored Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and presented him with $25,000 to donate to the charities of his choice. Burns is splitting the money between Defending the Blue Line, which provides things like hockey equipment and game tickets to the children of military families, and Folds of Honor, which gives educational scholarships to family members of military personnel that have been injured or killed in the line of duty.

Devan Dubnyk’s revival earns him Masterton Trophy

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Devan Dubnyk has won the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for bouncing back after going through the most difficult period of his career. The 2013-14 campaign was a disaster for him as he posted a 3.36 GAA and .894 save percentage in 32 contests with Edmonton before being shipped to Nashville and then Montreal where he played for AHL Hamilton.

Arizona gave him a chance at redemption as its backup goaltender and he did well in that role, challenging Mike Smith’s status as the team’s starter in the process. However, it wasn’t until the Minnesota Wild acquired him that Dubnyk’s season really took off. He carried the team to the playoffs with a 1.78 GAA and .936 save percentage in 39 contests during his time with the Wild.

His superb play was also recognized in the Vezina Trophy voting as he earned one first-place selection and finished third overall in the voting.

Here’s a list of the Masterton winners since 1990:

Year Winner Team
2015 Devan Dubnyk Min.
2014 Dominic Moore NYR
2013 Josh Harding Min.
2012 Max Pacioretty Mon.
2011 Ian Laperriere Phi.
2010 Jose Theodore Was.
2009 Steve Sullivan Nas.
2008 Jason Blake Tor.
2007 Phil Kessel Bos.
2006 Teemu Selanne Ana.
2004 Bryan Berard Chi.
2003 Steve Yzerman Det.
2002 Saku Koivu Mon.
2001 Adam Graves NYR
2000 Ken Daneyko N.J.
1999 John Cullen T.B.
1998 Jamie McLennan St.L.
1997 Tony Granato S.J.
1996 Gary Roberts Cgy.
1995 Pat LaFontaine Buf.
1994 Cam Neely Bos.
1993 Mario Lemieux Pit.
1992 Mark Fitzpatrick NYI
1991 Dave Taylor L.A.
1990 Gord Kluzak Bos.

Hudler edges out Datsyuk to win Lady Byng Trophy

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Jiri Hudler had a career season with 31 goals and 76 points in 78 contests. Along the way he only accumulated 14 penalty minutes and that helped him secure this year’s Lady Byng Trophy.

Among the top-20 scorers, he had the fewest PIM. Pavel Datsyuk, who has won this award four times, was a close second though with 648 votes to Hudler’s 700. There was a big drop off after that as Anze Kopitar just got 379 points. Hudler’s teammate, Sean Monahan, was the only player outside of the top three with at least 10 first-place votes (13).

Here are the voting results for the award, cutting off at the top 10:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Jiri Hudler, CGY 700 (52-13-12-8-5)
2. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 648 (29-28-24-10-12)
3. Anze Kopitar, LAK 379 (11-18-20-13-4)
4. Daniel Sedin, VAN 267 (6-10-15-18-8)
5. Sean Monahan, CGY 232 (13-5-8-7-6)
6. Jason Pominville, MIN 205 (8-10-7-5-5)
7. Matt Moulson, BUF 150 (4-8-6-6-6)
8. Logan Couture, SJS 148 (3-6-2-16-18)
9. Ryan O’Reilly, COL 139 (2-8-7-6-10)
10. Patrick Kane, CHI 130 (3-4-8-8-8)

Here’s a list of the Lady Byng Trophy winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up

2015 Jiri Hudler, Cgy. Pavel Datsyuk, Det.
2014 Ryan O’Reilly, Col. Martin St. Louis, NYR
2013 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Patrick Kane, Chi.
2012 Brian Campbell, Fla. Jordan Eberle, Edm.
2011 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
2010 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Brad Richards, Dal.
2009 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Martin St. Louis, T.B.
2008 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Martin St. Louis, T.B.
2007 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Martin St. Louis, T.B.
2006 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Brad Richards, T.B.
2004 Brad Richards, T.B. Daniel Alfredsson, Ott.
2003 Alex. Mogilny, Tor. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
2002 Ron Francis, Car. Joe Sakic, Col.
2001 Joe Sakic, Col. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
2000 Pavol Demitra, St.L Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1999 Wayne Gretzky, NYR Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1998 Ron Francis, Pit. Teemu Selanne, Ana.
1997 Paul Kariya, Ana. Teemu Selanne, Ana.
1996 Paul Kariya, Ana. Adam Oates, Bos.
1995 Ron Francis, Pit. Adam Oates, Bos.
1994 Wayne Gretzky, L.A. Adam Oates, Bos.
1993 Pierre Turgeon, NYI Adam Oates, Bos.
1992 Wayne Gretzky, L.A. Joe Sakic, Que.
1991 Wayne Gretzky, L.A. Brett Hull, St.L
1990 Brett Hull, St.L Wayne Gretzky, L.A.