McDavid injury opens Calder race up to late-bloomers

Colton Parayko (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

As Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said in his news conference to update the Connor McDavid injury, when you’re talking about plates and screws, the news isn’t really good. And when you talk about months, and stress the plural as Peter Chiarelli did, well you can understand why Chiarelli looked so grim.

But let’s say McDavid is a quick healer and misses eight weeks with his broken clavicle, the same way Patrick Kane did last season. That would put him back in Edmonton Oilers lineup in the New Year. It would mean he’d miss 26 games and essentially destroy his chances of winning the Calder Trophy.

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Oilers’ McDavid headlines impressive rookie crop

Connor McDavid (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

Most of the pre-season scuttlebutt pitted two so-called generational players, Edmonton Oilers center and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, in a duel for the Calder Trophy.

Advantage McDavid.

As the calendar flipped over to November, Eichel had racked up four goals in 11 games, putting him in a tie for 12th in rookie scoring. McDavid, meanwhile, sits atop the rookie race.

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Hawks’ Keith follows own rebound to score Game 6’s first goal

Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith celebrates after scoring on Bolts goaltender Ben Bishop in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday. (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

In case you were wondering which of Chicago’s players was the frontrunner to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this spring, Hawks star defenseman Duncan Keith gave you a reminder when he scored the first goal of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday.

The game was scoreless until late in the second period at United Center, when Keith took a pass from teammate Patrick Kane just inside Tampa Bay’s blueline, fired the puck on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop, then scored on his own rebound with 2:47 remaining in the frame: Read more

NHL announces Jack Adams Award finalists: Flames’ Bob Hartley, Rangers’ Alain Vigneault, & Preds’ Peter Laviolette

Alain Vigneault

The NHL announced Wednesday the finalists for this year’s Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach: Calgary’s Bob Hartley, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette, and the Rangers’ Alain Vigneault.

The Jack Adams Award, presented since 1974 to the head coach deemed to have “contributed the most to his team’s success,” is voted on by members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. There are worthy candidates beyond the three finalists this year, but there’s no arguing the finalists aren’t as worthy of the honor as anyone else. Read more

This year’s Ted Lindsay Award finalists: Canadiens’ Price, Capitals’ Ovechkin & Stars’ Benn

Jamie Benn (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The NHL Players’ Association revealed Tuesday the three finalists for this year’s Ted Lindsay Award recognizing the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow NHLPA members: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin. Read more

Jets’ Ladd, Ducks’ Getzlaf, Hawks’ Toews this year’s finalists for Mark Messier Leadership Award

Andrew Ladd (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Winnipeg Jets winger Andrew Ladd, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Chicago Blackhawks superstar Jonathan Toews are the finalists for this season’s Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, the league announced Monday.

All three finalists are captains for their respective teams, and one of the three will win their first Messier Leadership Award, which since the 2006-07 campaign recognizes one individual “who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season”. Read more

Bill Masterton Trophy finalists: Wild’s Devan Dubnyk, Penguins’ Kris Letang and Senators’ Andrew Hammond

Kris Letang (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL announced Thursday the three finalists for this season’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player best exemplifying “the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey”: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, and Ottawa Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. Read more

Habs’ Carey Price, Isles’ John Tavares and Caps’ Alex Ovechkin named finalists for Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

John Tavares (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The NHL announced Wednesday this year’s finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player: Montreal Canadiens goaltending dynamo Carey Price, New York Islanders captain John Tavares, and Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. And although it could be a closer race than many believe, the sense among more than a few media members is that the award is likely to go to Price. Read more