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The Older The Better- Sometimes

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Men old enough to be the Hart Trophy winner’s father and men who played with and against the Calder Trophy runner-up’s father are making decisions about 2007-08.
In the post-lockout NHL, one-year twilight deals make more sense than ever, at least for the teams, and arguably for the players as well, if they’re at all concerned about legacies, reputations, pride and even keeping career-closing options open. By that, I mean such things as a slightly slipping, but still effective, veteran perhaps shooting to finish with a franchise in his hometown or his original team for symmetry sake.
The possibility of including incentives in contracts for the over-35 set also provides a safety net. To a point, it can indicate skepticism, particularly about players coming off injuries or with a tendency to miss significant time, but mostly it’s a win-win proposition for both sides of the table in the cap world.

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Voter Confusion

from the BTM at NBC Sports,

Consider this: the voters had Luongo second in MVP voting behind Crosby, so it would stand to reason that they thought Luongo was the best goaltender, since he finished ahead of Martin Brodeur in the voting for the Hart trophy.
But wait a minute. Brodeur finished ahead of Luongo in the voting for the first all-star team, which means that some of the same voters who put Luongo ahead of Brodeur on their MVP ballots reversed the order when they voted for the first all-star team.
That makes perfect sense—if you’re the kind of person who washes their lunch down with a gallon of Jim Beam.

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Crosby Proud Of Pearson Trophy

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

When asked if the Pearson Award meant more to him because it was voted on by the players as opposed to the Hart - voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association - Crosby, facing a room full of hockey writers, made sure he didn’t slight his audience.
“I’m not going to say the writers’ opinion doesn’t matter,” chuckled Crosby, whose comment elicited laughs around the media room. “I’m in the wrong place for that.
“(The Pearson Award) is recognition from guys you’re playing against every night. Just to be recognized by them is something I can sit back and be proud of.”

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Our Game

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

“Sorry, Canada!” Samueli told the assembled throng at Anaheim’s Stanley Cup celebration. “Welcome to the new Hockeytown: Anaheim, California!”
However, in the larger context of what always happens in the NHL playoffs, Samueli’s soft, playful jab represented another instance of the misdirected nationalism that never fails to inject itself into hockey circles.
Frankly, I’m as sick and tired of that kind of nonsense as I am of the ceaseless debate about officiating. I certainly don’t blame Samueli for getting swept up in the emotion of a championship party, but it’s high time hockey people got over their fixation about citizenship and its relation to the game.

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The “Other” Awards

from the Toronto Star,

But here are a few awards we’d like to see – some serious, some not. Sid the Kid would win at least one of them as well.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FOR THE MONEY
Sidney Crosby, Penguins $850,000 (all figures U.S.), leads league in scoring.
Milan Michalek, Sharks $475,000, 57th in scoring, 26 goals, 40 assists.
Dominik Hasek, Wings $750,000, 38 wins, 2.05 GAA, eight shutouts.

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NHL Awards Video

Check out the video highlights for the Vezina, Norris, Hart, Calder and Pearson Awards…

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Draft Order- All Rounds

NEW YORK (June 13, 2007)—Following is the current order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Friday, June 22 (round 1) and Saturday, June 23 (rounds 2-7) at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio:

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No Audience For Balsillie At BOG

from the CP via TSN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, had hoped to get an audience at the NHL’s board of governors meeting next week in New York to clear the air on his tentative purchase of the Nashville Predators and possible relocation to Hamilton, but it’s not going to happen.
Neither the relocation question or the actual vote on the ownership transfer will be on the board of governors’ agenda and Balsillie won’t be invited to the meeting, a source told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
Another source said that the NHL considers the request to deal with relocation ‘‘premature’’ because there is a valid and binding lease in Nashville.
Balsillie’s camp doesn’t seem concerned.

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Anything Wrong With The College Player?

from CSTV,

Countless young hockey players in the state of Michigan grow up dreaming of one day pulling on the Winged Wheel and skating out onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
It goes without saying that few will ever get the chance, based on the long odds against most young players making it to the National Hockey League, but based on recent NHL Entry Drafts, the odds are particularly long in Hockeytown. From 2001 to 2005 (inclusive), the Red Wings selected only three college or college-bound players in the NHL Entry Draft, by far the fewest of any NHL team….
A total of 346 college or college-bound players were selected in the 2001-05 entry drafts, an average of just over 11.5 per team. Still, though, some teams’ preferences remain in place, as evidenced by the limited forays into the college ranks by teams like the Red Wings, the Toronto Maple Leafs (six college draftees), and the Montreal Canadians (six).

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Who Wins

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

But putting Hamilton out into the open signals open warfare which should lead to a battle royal between the Balsillie interests and Commissioner Gary Bettman who wants a territory rights fight about as much as he wants Bob Goodenow back as head of the Players Association….
This is one of the great tests of Bettman’s control in the history of his tenure with the NHL and there’s no sure sense of the outcome except that Balsillie and company have shown their hand and they aren’t going to back down.

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