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Sharks Re-Sign Centers Marleau and Pavelski

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From the Sharks:

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III un-restricted free agent forward Patrick Marleau and Group II restricted free agent forward Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals was not disclosed.

“We are very pleased that Patty and Joe have committed to this organization now and in the future,” said Wilson.  “They expressed a strong belief in the direction this franchise is heading but also understand the challenges to keeping a talented group like ours together.

“Both players had a tremendous regular season, excelled on the ice for their respective countries at the Winter Olympics and elevated their game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  They have solidified their place in the game among the League’s top forwards and we are excited as an organization to have Joe and Patty back in San Jose to build on what we accomplished last season.”

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NHL Award Presentations

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Yesterday was the NHL Awards presentations, so I want to take some time and comment on who won.  Here is how I would have voted if i had an award ballot.  My voting does not mesh exactly with the NHL voting since I listed only three nominees for the awards and in most cases the NHL awards have five votes.  Here are my comments made when the award nominees were announced. 

As for actual results, here are the voting results for most awards.  Missing from the list is the Masterton.  In the past, I have never been able to find Masterton voting (I do not think the NHL releases it), but nevertheless if you know a source for it please let me know in the comments.  Here are voting results for the first and second all star teams.

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Five Things the Flames Should Do

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From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:

1. Become a draft-day player

As it is, Flames director of scouting Tod Button doesn’t get a chance to clear his throat till the 64th pick (which represents the third-round choice the team got from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Anton Stralman).

Getting into the first two rounds would be swell, particularly for an organization with a dearth of forward prospects.

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The Hit we Saw Coming

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From the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns:

It really shouldn’t come as a shock that Dustin Byfuglien won’t be wearing an Indianhead sweater for the 2010-11 season.

The Blackhawks have significant salary-cap issues, and the giant-sized winger often was mentioned as a possible candidate to be shipped out. Moves were expected, even declared a must by Hawks general manager Stan Bowman.

The news broke Wednesday—and spread like wildfire—that the first deal had been done—or rather, nearly done. Just after midnight today, it became official: Byfuglien, restricted free agent Ben Eager, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu have been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft (which starts Friday), the 54th overall pick, veteran forward Marty Reasoner, winger Joey Crabb (who has starred in Chicago with the Wolves) and promising prospect Jeremy Morin.

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Ramsay the next Thrashers Coach, Deals Done

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From the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore:

The Thrashers will officially name Craig Ramsay as the francishe’s fifth head coach on Thursday. The announcement will come later this afternoon. The 59-year-old Ramsay has served as assistant coach with the Boston Bruins the past three seasons.

In a conference call to discuss the two trades the Thrashers made early Thursday morning, general manager Rick Dudley said he “won’t tip our hand” about the new coach. However, he did acknowledge that he has spoken to Ramsay “quite a bit.” He said the two had coffee in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and Ramsay had dinner with team president Don Waddell Wednesday night.

There is a report from TSN that John Torchetti, the Chicago Blackhawks assistant who was the other leading candidate for the head coach job, would join the Thrashers as an associate head coach. I have not confirmed that.

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Panthers’ Tallon eyes Draft to Rebuild Team

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From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:

With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.

Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.

You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.

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Bruins in Good Spot

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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

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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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