Morning Free Association: The Rest of the NHL Awards

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I know you’re dying, just dying to know who won the rest of the NHL Awards. I mean, you know that NBCSNPDQASAPTYAGN felt it was a high priority in terms of television viewership that they put it at that ever popular time when all the eyes would be on them: 6:30pm on Monday evening. Sure , it was aired just prior to NHL Live. But, it seems like it could have been done on another night when there wasn’t hockey, when it would be fleshed out a little more. Nope.

For the show, the folks at NBC and the NHL decided that no one has seen the old Oilers players who won all the championships enough. Yes, they all have the “Edmonton connection” as do the teams that are playing in the bubble in the capital of Alberta. However, watching and listening to old hockey players try to have something interesting to say to their heirs apparent, was a little painful. Well, all except for the goalie talk between Grant Fuhr and current Vezina winner, Connor Hellebuyck. That I had hoped would continue on. In fact, I would watch/ listen to that podcast. Goalies are probably a lot more interesting than most hockey players.

Okay, so the stuff you cannot live without:

Calder Memorial Trophy: Cale Makar (D) Colorado Avalanche

IT wasn’t a surprise that Makar took home the award for the best first year player.The 2019 Hobey Baker winner was highly coveted by the Avalanche despite his commitment to UMass, for which he played his college hockey for two years.

Ted Lindsay Award : Leon Draisaitl (F) Edmonton Oilers

Nor was it a surprise that the players would vote for Draisaitl for the Ted Lindsay Award since he was a shoe-in for the Hart. Draisaitl had a career year when Connor McDavid struggled to stay on the ice.

Vezina Trophy: Connor Hellebuyck (G) Winnipeg Jets

Most hockey writers seemed to think that Hellebuyck should win the Vezina over Tuukka Rask, even though the latter’s numbers were better. However, Hellebuyck bore the brunt of the Jets’ load, starting 56 games and appearing in 58 of the Jets’ 71 games played. He also becomes the first Jets’ goaltender to win the Vezina.

Norris Memorial Trophy: Roman Josi (D) Nashville Predators

Josi had a career year despite his team not faring as well. He had 16 goals, 49 assists for 65 points. Most notably, he broke my heart when he scored two goals against the Bruins at TD Garden just before Christmas. I still love him, though.

Hart Memorial Trophy: Leon Draisaitl (F) Edmonton Oilers

No brainer. He was dominant this season. He deserved it no matter where the Oilers finished in the standings.

So, Boston only won one award, Bruce Cassidy’s Jack Adams. Oh yeah: Pasta was co-winner of the Rocket Richard and Tuukka and Jaro won the Jennings. I guess that’s good enough.

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The London Bear
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Hiya,

I guess Hellebuyck got extra marks for having a perceived weak defense in front of him. At least they were expected to be weak preseason – don’t know if it worked out like that!

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Nugget loves to sun bathe. Almost obsessively so. Went into the bedroom yesterday and she practically had herself wedged into a corner trying to catch the last bit of ray coming through the window.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Our cat used to lie in front of the fire, much closer than I could stand to be for any length of time!

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Heh. Boomer likes to sunbathe outside. He doesn’t do so in the mornings anymore now that it’s colder, but he will go out onto the deck – which is a little frustrating – he’s fine with the sun warming his dark fur, but cold air streams into the house through the pet curtain/door.

I am clinging tightly to the memory of summer, but… cold.

Stripes
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Hey All!
Goaltenders are more interesting… You got that right!!! They’re a little crazy, that’s why. No need to come out with pat answers that won’t offend – you’re a goalie, your comments will be filed under goalie speak.
Also, tonight at 8 would be a good time for the awards.
Playing disc golf today!! Haven’t done so for awhile, bound to be rusty.
Off to Monrovia tomorrow, need to keep moving forward!

Stripes
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Oh! Hey Dallas, the penalties are killing you! I did feel Kucherov embellished the high stick…. looked like he was trying to draw a penalty after that collision in the first, as well. There should be an award for best actor.

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Yep, I was saying the same from my living room.

And was it Edzo who was saying “Kucherov’s a veteran – so he’s gonna go down easy when he feels that stick”? That’s a …very generous… way to put that. lol