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Bruins in Good Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

From the Boston Herald’s Stephen Harris:

The Bruins [team stats] were not a team that needed a major overhaul this offseason.

The B’s could have stood pat, kept their roster all or mostly intact, and likely been a solid playoff team next season. The problems of last season were about questionable attitudes - for certain key individuals and at times for the team as a whole - and, of course, injuries.

But this team finally got its act together late in the season and came within a bounce of the puck of reaching the third round of the playoffs.

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Major NHL Awards Elude Crosby

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From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi:

The youngest captain of a Stanley Cup champion apparently needs to win over NHL writers and players, but not members of his organization.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby finished third in voting for the Hart Trophy (MVP) to Vancouver Canucks center and NHL scoring leader Henrik Sedin, who also bested Crosby for a spot on the NHL’s first All-Star team.

The Hart and All-Star teams are voted on by select members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Blackhawks Breakup Dampens Keith’s Norris Win

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From CBC’s Tim Wharnsby:

Chicago Blackhawks blue-liner Duncan Keith capped off a wonderful season, in which he won Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup, by receiving the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the NHL.

But his spirit was somewhat subdued because hours before the NHL annual awards ceremony at the Palms Hotel, the breakup of the Blackhawks had begun. Chicago general manager Stan Bowman began the difficult task of alleviating his team’s salary cap concerns by shipping out power forward Dustin Byfuglien to the Atlanta Thrashers in a multi-player trade.

The Winnipeg-born, Fort Frances and Penticton, B.C.-raised Keith found out about the trade from teammate Patrick Sharp while the two were enjoying the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.

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How Henrik Sedin won MVP and other revealing NHL Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

From Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski:

C’mon, admit it: The messy, boozy, Vegas vibe of the 2010 NHL Awards was a vast improvement over recent unwatchable installments of the summertime time-waster, wasn’t it?

We’ll have Puck Daddy awards for the Awards on Thursday morning, but the focus now is on the winners with the hardware and the losers who have nothing but a Mark Messier Leadership Award next year to think about.

Coming up, the vote totals for all the major awards and the Lady Byng. Find out the margins on victory, the votes thrown away by media members to their friends, and how we probably cost Ryan Kesler(notes) the Selke.

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Edmonton trades 6th round pick to Chicago for RFA C Colin Fraser

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From various sources, the Edmonton Oilers have dealt a 6th round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for soon-to-be RFA center Colin Fraser.

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Thrashers Trade Vernace, Sterling and a 7th Round Pick to San Jose for future considerations

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From the Thrashers:

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded defenseman Mike Vernace, forward Brett Sterling and a seventh-round selection (188th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the San Jose Sharks for future considerations, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.

Vernace, 24, appeared in 62 American Hockey League games last season for the Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs, tallying 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).

The 6-2, 200-pound defenseman appeared in 12 NHL games with Colorado during the 2008-09 season and has posted 71 points (nine goals, 62 assists) in 236 career AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Lake Erie Monsters, Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs. Prior to his professional career, Vernace recorded 124 points (23 goals, 101 assists) in 138 career games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League

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List of NHL Award Winners

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From NHL.com’s Dan Rosen’s blog:

Calder: Tyler Myers
Selke: Pavel Datsyuk
Art Ross: Henrik Sedin
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby
Adams: Dave Tippett
Vezina: Ryan Miller
Jennings: Martin Brodeur
Masterton: Jose Theodore
King Clancy: Shane Doan
Lady Byng: Martin St. Louis
Messier Leadership: Sidney Crosby
Norris: Duncan Keith
NHL Foundation Player Award: Ryan Miller
Hart: Henrik Sedin

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Can I Please Stay Another Week?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What a week it has been.  While things are cooking in the NHL, I am baking in the Las Vegas sun.

The tables have been very nice to us and this break is just what I needed.

I will be back at the KK compound bright and early Saturday morning and I actually looking forward to giving Tony a break.  He has done a great job in my absence and I just wanted to thank him publicly for keeping the KK readers updated.

In the meantime, Heidi Androl and I talk a little hockey.

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NHL Awards Night Open Blog

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Feel free to bloviate in the comments.  I’m sure there will be plenty of opinions on some of the awards tonight.

By the way, spoke to Paul via email today, he mentioned something about re-creating Joe Pesci’s blackjack scene from Casino....

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Chicago deals Byfuglien, others to Atlanta for picks and prospects

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The Chicago Blackhawks lowered their payroll significantly today, trading Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers for the #24 overall pick (originally New Jersey’s), the 54th overall pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

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