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Calder Trophy Finalists

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via NHL Live…

Matt Duchene

Jimmy Howard

Tyler Myers

added 12:23pm,

NEW YORK (April 22, 2010)—Center Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, goaltender Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Calder Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.


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Wings Had Doubts About Jimmy Howard

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Doubts? Sure, there were doubts. Almost everyone within the Detroit Red Wings had them at the some point last summer.

Jimmy Howard, after all, was no longer a kid. He was a 26-year-old goaltender who had spent the last four years toiling in the minors. Even an organization that had prided itself on being patient began to wonder if time had run out.

“I’ll be honest. It was doubtful whether he could play in the NHL,” said Jimmy Devellano, a long-time executive with the Red Wings. “We believe in trying to give everybody maximum time to develop, because obviously when we drafted them we saw something in them. And we try not to rush development.

“But I would say Jimmy Howard took it to the extreme, because generally after four years you really should know. You really should. But we didn’t.”


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Calder 2011

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Today will be the nomination announcements for the 2010 Calder Trophy.  If the early playoff results are any indication, perhaps the best player to debut in the 2009/10 season will not be nominated this year.  So far in the playoffs, John Carlson of the Washington Capitals has made a claim to being the best rookie in the NHL.  Carlson has appeared in all four Washington Capitals games and scored four points from defence.  He has a +7 +/- rating in the playoffs so far.  This is quite an impressive showing for a rookie.

Carlson will be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season because he only played 22 games this season (and the Calder cut-off is 25).  In those 22 games, he logged an ever increasing amount of playing time with six points and a +11 +/-.  Carlson is a 20 year old World Junior Championship hero who was a Caps first round pick in 2008.  He has the pedigree of a future NHL star and is playing like one so far in the playoffs.  He is a very logical front-runner for next year’s Calder Trophy.

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Top-20 Hockey Games I’ve Attended

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After going to last night’s awesome Bruins 2OT victory, I had a friend ask me about the best games I’ve ever been to.  I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to take some time to think about it and throw this list together. I’m extremely lucky to have seen some incredible hockey games in my life so far. I am hoping that there are no glaring omissions, but if so, I will update the list!

I wanted to post this somewhere to share it with friends and fellow hockey fans and the KK Member Blog came to mind as the perfect place.  Feel free to share your top games attended in the comments!

For some clarification on why certain games are so special to me, I am a senior at Boston University and am a huge BU hockey fan.  I have been a big Pittsburgh Penguins fan ever since learning about Mario Lemieux at a young age, and hailing from Charleston, SC, the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays are my hometown team.

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Capitals Show Hints Of Greatness

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It might seem a little early to start talking about the Washington Capitals as a team of destiny, but nights like this one start building a case, a foundation for greatness, if you will.

The Capitals gave the Montreal Canadiens a stark lesson in seizing the moment and stealing a win as they came from one goal down late in the second period to roll over Montreal by a 6-3 score.

The Capitals now lead the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 3-1 and can wrap it up Friday night in Washington. Given the way the Caps surgically carved the life out of the Canadiens on Wednesday night, one might fairly suggest Game 5 has become little more than a formality.

“We had our teeth in the apple. This smelled like a win,” Montreal defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron said.


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Sudden Death Hockey- Nothing Like It

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from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

There might be better things in sports than Stanley Cup playoff overtime hockey, but I can’t think of any right now. Overtime playoff hockey isn’t a fabricated duel of penalty shots. It’s not football, where you usually win if you correctly call the coin toss. It’s not baseball, where you know you have one last shot if you are the home team. No. Hockey’s playoff overtime is two teams skating up and down the ice until one drops to sudden death.

First goal wins.

Sudden life for the Boston Bruins.


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Ruff Night

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff’s wallet could be a few bucks lighter after he’s finished paying a fine for criticizing the officials, but you could understand his frustration after the game Wednesday. A terrible call in the third period shifted momentum to the Bruins and enabled them to crawl back from another two-goal deficit.

Cody McCormick was summoned by Buffalo from Portland to add some much-needed muscle and tenacity, and that’s exactly what he provided. He made a great play to set up Tim Kennedy for the first goal. And he was going hard to the net when he was taken off of his feet before slamming into Tuukka Rask, leading to goaltender interference.

Terrible call? Definitely.

Tough break? Yes.

Ruff had a legitimate beef and allowed his emotions to get the better of him, plain and simple.

continued and watch a portion of Ruff’s post game conference below…

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Just What Bettman Wanted

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

Somewhere, a vindicated Gary Bettman is smirking.

The personality of these playoffs, barely a week old, is precisely why the NHL commissioner steered hockey into a 10-month work stoppage nearly six years ago when league owners demanded fiscal certainty.

The salary cap put a premium on identifying stars worthy of those new league-mandated maximum contracts while emboldening lesser-talented teams with hope that they could advance further under the new financial rules. The better teams could no longer hoard offensive depth on their third and fourth lines.

If there were a Bettman Cup, the Wings and Phoenix would play for it in this series.


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Four Goals In Three Games Won’t Cut It For Chicago

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose sees at least three things that have allowed the Predators to keep Chicago in check thus far: more desire, more physical play and intelligent play in their own zone.

“Nashville’s a very good defensive team and they don’t beat themselves,’’ Melrose said. “You don’t see them giving up many two-on-ones. They don’t give up a lot of chances and they don’t give up a lot of easy goals.

“The thing is that the ‘Hawks want it to come easy and Nashville is making it hard. That’s why the Predators are winning and that’s why they deserve to be winning.’‘

Here’s a breakdown by position of what the Predators are doing so well to stifle the Blackhawks.


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Ottawa- Not Exactly Goalie Heaven

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s obvious Robin Lehner does not scare easily.

A promising puckstopper in the Senators organization, he was at Scotiabank Place Wednesday morning and barely batted an eye at the scene. He even seemed cool, calm and collected as he spoke with assistant GM Tim Murray in one of the haunted hallways….

Get this: It even appeared as though he relished the opportunity to be in their shoes!

Foolish young man, eh? He’ll learn. He’ll discover soon enough what has already been found out by the likes of Patrick Lalime, Ray Emery, Damian Rhodes, Tom Barrasso, Ron Tugnutt, Dominik Hasek, Martin Gerber and Martin Prusek.

We’re talking about the fact that Ottawa is a goalie graveyard, of course.

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