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Carey Price, Mats Zuccarello

PHT’s awards picks for 2014-15


Just a brief awards post on this busy day. Halford and I each gave our top picks. Feel free to add your two bits in the comments section.

Hart Trophy

Brough: Carey Price. Nobody was more important to their team than this guy. If not for Price, the Habs may not have made the playoffs. I did strongly consider Alex Ovechkin, given he had 10 more goals than anyone else. If Caps fans are mad at me for choosing otherwise, perhaps they can take solace in the fact I didn’t really consider Sidney Crosby at all.

Halford: Carey Price. I also strongly considered Ovechkin, who was the only skater to break the 50-goal mark. But Price was the only goalie with a GAA under 2.00 and save percentage over .930, and on a Montreal team that finished 20th in offense (2.61 goals per game), Price was the more valuable player.

Norris Trophy

Brough: Erik Karlsson. I don’t apologize for picking the defenseman with the most points. It’s not the only factor I considered (obviously), but the ability to move the puck and create offense from the back end is vitally important, and nobody does it better than Karlsson.

Halford: Drew Doughty. No d-man logged more total ice time this season. Not even Ryan Suter. The Kings may have missed the playoffs, but it wasn’t because of Doughty. He’s the best two-way defenseman in the world.

Calder Trophy

Brough: Aaron Ekblad. It was extremely hard not to pick Johnny Gaudreau or Mark Stone, but considering Ekblad’s rookie season, compared to the ones by other 18-year-old defensemen throughout the years, was in line with Bobby Orr’s, I’m not going to lose any sleep over my decision.

Halford: Mark Stone. This was the toughest pick by far but, in the end, I couldn’t ignore how well he played over the final half of the year, especially when the Sens went on their tear. Only Ovechkin, Crosby, Jamie Benn and John Tavares scored more points than Stone (44) after Jan. 1.

Jack Adams Award

Brough: Barry Trotz. Did a masterful job convincing the Capitals to buy in and play with more structure. Also handled Ovechkin perfectly, providing constructive criticism while also publicly praising and bonding with his captain and face of the franchise.

Halford: Bob Hartley. The Flames went from 77 to 97 points, snapped a six-year playoff drought and did it with their captain and best player, Mark Giordano, missing the final 21 games of the regular season. Yeah, there was some puck luck and good fortune involved, but Hartley did a remarkable job getting this team to overachieve.

Selke Trophy

Brough: Patrice Bergeron. A tough season for Bruins fans, but having this guy under contract through 2021-22 is a good way to feel better.

Halford: Patrice Bergeron. I considered some extremely talented guys — Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Pavel Datsyuk — for the Selke, but never thought about giving the first-place vote to anybody but Bergeron. Kinda says it all.

Vezina Trophy

Brough. Carey Price. Played the fourth-most minutes among all NHL goalies and nobody had a lower save percentage than his .933 mark. Ultimately, this wasn’t a tough decision, despite some excellent seasons from a handful of other goalies.

Halford: Carey Price. He’s going to win in his first year as a finalist, an interesting factoid in that it reminds you Carey Price has never been a Vezina finalist before, let alone won one.

Lady Byng Trophy

Brough: Sean Monahan. Took just six minor penalties all season, to go with 31 goals. There were actually a few candidates for this award on the ultra-disciplined Flames.

Halford: Jiri Hudler. It’s a Calgary love-in! Hudler took one more minor penalty than Monahan did this year, but also finished with the team scoring lead (76 point). That gets him the nod in my book.

Bruins fire Chiarelli after missing playoffs

Peter Chiarelli

Changes were threatened if the Boston Bruins didn’t turn their “unacceptable” season around. And today, we learned they weren’t just empty threats.

Peter Chiarelli has been fired as general manager of the Boston Bruins.

“We are grateful for Peter’s service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons,” said club president Cam Neely in a release. “His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately.”

The coaching staff, led by Claude Julien, will remain in place for the time being. Julien’s future will apparently be decided by the new GM, whoever that may be.

Chiarelli was the Bruins’ GM for nine seasons. The B’s won the Stanley Cup in 2011, made it back to the finals in 2013, and won the Presidents’ Trophy last season.

But as the team struggled this season, he drew more and more criticism for the way he’d managed the salary cap, the organization’s drafting under his watch, and for trading the likes of Tyler Seguin and Johnny Boychuk.

“We’ve had a lot of success here in my tenure and Claude’s tenure,” Chiarelli said in February. “We’re having a down year. It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year. But I understand. We’ve got to make things better.”

Related: Neely has reached the ‘disappointed’ stage with the Bruins

Seguin, Giroux highlight Team Canada roster for Worlds

Dallas Stars v Philadelphia Flyers

Canada won’t be lacking for offensive weapons at this year’s World Hockey Championships.

Two of the league’s top-12 scorers — Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Philly’s Claude Giroux — will wear the red and white in Prague from May 1-17, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday. Seguin and Giroux were part of the original 19-man roster set for the tournament; Canada can register up to 25 players as teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The rest of the Canadian roster looks like this…

Goalies: Martin Jones, Mike Smith

Defense: Tyson Barrie, Brent Burns, Aaron Ekblad, Jake Muzzin, David Savard

Forwards: Seguin, Giroux, Matt Duchene, Cody Eakin, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Ennis, Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Jason Spezza, Tyler Toffoli.

Team Canada will be coached by Todd McLellan.

After ‘not good year,’ Lehtonen knows he needs to be better

St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

If you had to boil down the Dallas Stars’ problems in 2014-15 to one word, it would be this:


You might even put it in all-caps, like:


Only one team in the entire NHL had a lower team save percentage than Dallas (.895), and that was the Edmonton Oilers (.888).

In 65 appearances, veteran Kari Lehtonen finished with a .903 save percentage, the worst of his NHL career.

“The goalies are part of the team, and they know they have to be better,” Stars GM Jim Nill said, per The Dallas Morning News. “It wasn’t Kari’s best season, and he admits that, and he’s got to be better. We need to have him. To win in this league, you have to have good a goalie.”

Lehtonen is signed through 2017-18 for a cap hit of $5.9 million, so he’s probably not going anywhere, in case you were wondering.

And to be sure, it wasn’t always easy for the four Stars’ netminders this season — Lehtonen, Anders Lindback, Jhonas Enroth, and Jussi Rynnas — given the young defense that was put in front of them.

But with solid goaltending, this could be a very good team. Consider: only the Tampa Bay Lightning scored more goals than the Stars this season.

“I realize I had a not good year,” said Lehtonen, “and I have to do a lot of work to get the opportunity to play again, and play better when I get that opportunity. It’s pretty simple.”

PHT Morning Skate: 50 Cent and the Flames, plus 30 games in 30 nights

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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.

A Calgary radio station apparently remixed 50 Cents “In da Club” to celebrate the Calgary Flames’ playoff bid. Timely. (Bardown)

Who should the Buffalo Sabres target in their coaching search? These six choices definitely count as thinking big. (Buffalo News)

Canadian hockey fan Rob Suggitt managed to see 30 NHL games in 30 days, with a charitable twist. (Sportsnet)

Do the Carolina Hurricanes owe Alexander Semin a fresh start? (Canes Country)

This 15-minute feature on Carey Price from The National is a great watch.

In honor of Jamie Benn’s feat, the Dallas Morning News looked back at every Dallas Stars player who’s scored a hat trick. (Dallas Morning News)

(50 Cent photo via Film Magic.)