Morning Free Association: NHL Awards Day!

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Tonight in Las Vegas, the NHL Awards are happening! Usually, the awards are an exercise in discovering just how out of touch or cheap the NHL is with regards to booking “talent” to perform. Well, except that year that Cuba Gooding, Jr was highly entertaining:


Anyway, this year the Boston Bruins will have two representatives up for awards – Patrice Bergeron (Frank J. Selke Trophy) and Bruce Cassidy (Jack Adams Award). Bergy has won the award a record-tying four times already, most recently last year. He’s up against stiff competition from Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier, who had a career year (31-45-76 in 82 games) and Anze Kopitar (35-57-92, 82 games), a previous winner with the LA Kings. The knock this year on Bergeron is that he played 18 fewer games than the other nominees, staying on track for points (30-33-63). While these other two players outscored Patrice in more games, Bergeron still had a better face-off percentage than either other player, assuming that is a consideration.

Wait, what? Did he just say he had surgery on his groin? Yes, he did. We knew it was a possibility that it could happen and if there’s a doubt, surgery is the best option. Get better soon, Bergy.

As for Bruce Cassidy, he never had a true chance once the Gerard Gallant’s Vegas Golden Knights squad ascended in the west. Still, Bruce can enjoy a couple days of fun in Sin City. Apparently, he was playing golf and dining with Bergy, two not very bad things to do.

We’ll see what happens tonight at 8pm on NBCSNPDQOMGWTFBBQ.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hey Pals!
Betty for ALL the awards!!!!!!
The Jack Adams………yeah.
Weekend, please come soon!
Three nights in a row on th icr. Muddling through!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Ummm, that’s Bergy for all the awards, of course, though Betty probably deserved some consideration – thanks computer!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Darned computers

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. My only interest in the NHL awards is what awesome suit is Subban going to wear this year.

The London Bear
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Bergeron still had a better face-off percentage than either other player, assuming that is a consideration

It certainly should be a consideration, considering gaining possession is a big part of being a defensive forward.

Especially impressive since he seemed to get thrown out of the circle in about half of the face-offs he lined up for!

Good morning, btw!

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‘morning, LB!

Yeah, Bergy’s faceoff-% and Corsi-For are quite a bit higher than Cotourier & Kopitar, which *should* make him a shoe-in to win the award, but my gut says they reward Kopitar’s 90+ point season.