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Alex Nedeljkovic Will Have A Shot At The Calder Trophy

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Alex Nedeljkovic finished third in Calder Trophy voting for the NHL’s rookie of the year last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Now that he’s with the Detroit Red Wings, maybe he’ll have better luck this season.

How’s that?

Oh, didn’t you hear? Nedeljkovic remains Calder-eligible this season.

The 25-year-old goaltender played 23 games for the Hurricanes last season. Under the Calder Trophy eligibility rules, there are three ways by which a player relinquishes their rookie status.

To be eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons in any major professional league. Beginning in 1990-91, a player must not have attained his 26th birthday by Sept. 15 of the season in which he is eligible.


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TreKronor's avatar

I really think people need to temper their expectations of Ned.

-He had a standout year last year (better than he’d had previously at any level).
-He played behind a pretty darn good team.
-The Wings are not a darn good team…not at all.
-Remember, as much grief as we give the Canes for their shrewd ownership, their GM made it very clear that everyone in the org was okay with trading him (including the goalie coach). 

He’ll stand between the pipes for a few years, hopefully until Cossa is ready.  Maybe not even that long.  He’s a fill in; he is NOT going to be a Calder winner, let alone a Calder finalist.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/16/21 at 01:15 PM ET


Wings were 20th in goals against last year, if him and Griess could platoon the Wings into 16-15 range, I’d say its a huge win for Yzerman. With Leddy and Seider, maybe that’s possible?

Wings finished 30th in goals for last year, still alot of work to do before the playoffs are even a hope. And if the playoffs aren’t a hope, you have articles like this one fantasizing about a Calder level player.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 08/16/21 at 02:56 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So I’m genuinely curious, if those are the only 3 criteria for Calder eligibility…. wouldn’t it then be possible to win a Calder twice?  Say Ned had won it last year, he then doesn’t fulfill those 3 criteria to be ineligible… so technically he’d then be eligible to win it again?  Seems like a loophole.

Remember, as much grief as we give the Canes for their shrewd ownership, their GM made it very clear that everyone in the org was okay with trading him (including the goalie coach).

Nobody thinks the ‘Canes are competently run.  Not Wings fans, not other league fans.  Not a lot of Hurricane fans even.  Thus why there’s a lot of hope that Ned can be something.  Maybe not a Calder winner or a Vezina guy, but a good or decent NHL #1 goalie for a while.  There’s certainly more evidence for Ned’s potential success than Cossa’s at the moment still.

Posted by Primis on 08/18/21 at 07:52 AM ET

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