Trophy Watch

THN's Hart Trophy Winner: Daniel Sedin

THN's Hart Trophy Winner: Daniel Sedin

by Ken Campbell - April 8, 2011 2:45 PM EDT

After brother Henrik won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies last season, Daniel Sedin is taking a run at achieving the feat himself. However, Corey Perry and Tim Thomas sure gave him a run for his money for the league's MVP award.
When you look at THN’s three finalists for the Hart Trophy, each one of them got there by having distinctly different seasons. Daniel Sedin, who is our winner of the award, represented sustained excellence from the start of the season right through to the end.


THN's Calder Trophy Winner: Jeff Skinner

THN's Calder Trophy Winner: Jeff Skinner

by Ryan Kennedy - April 7, 2011 12:20 PM EDT

There were plenty of rookies expected to explode this season, but in the end, our top three candidates really came out of nowhere. It was another close call, but Carolina's Jeff Skinner is our pick, with two other worthy runners-up.
If there’s one big surprise among this year’s Calder Trophy nominees, it’s that none of Edmonton’s “Big Three” rookies made the cut.


THN's Jack Adams Award Winner: Dan Bylsma

THN's Jack Adams Award Winner: Dan Bylsma

by Rory Boylen - April 6, 2011 2:25 PM EDT

It was a tough call with plenty of worthy candidates, but in the end we decided Pittsburgh's bench boss couldn't be denied this year's honor. Not that Barry Trotz and Alain Vigneault didn't give him a run for his money.
Coaches of teams that consistently perform well don’t get credit when it comes to Jack Adams Award discussions. To wit, Mike Babcock will get little consideration because his Red Wings are an NHL juggernaut, even though his team had the fifth-most man-games lost to injury among playoff-bound teams.


THN's Norris Trophy Winner: Nicklas Lidstrom

THN's Norris Trophy Winner: Nicklas Lidstrom

by Ryan Dixon - April 5, 2011 12:40 PM EDT

In our second award unveiling, we announce Detroit's 40-year-old veteran as our pick for the Norris Trophy this season, which would be the seventh of his illustrious career.
We’re not giving this year’s Norris Trophy to Nicklas Lidstrom as a lifetime achievement award. But if we were handing out figurative hardware based on the past couple decades’ worth of hockey, here’s a pretty compelling case why Lidstrom should top a few lists, courtesy Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland.


THN's Vezina Trophy Winner: Tim Thomas

THN's Vezina Trophy Winner: Tim Thomas

by Rory Boylen - April 4, 2011 2:00 PM EDT

In our first award winner to be rolled out this week, we name Boston's Tim Thomas as our goaltender of the year after earning it from start to finish. But there were some other great performances as well.
When The Hockey News editorial staff sat down for a roundtable discussion on this year’s major award winners, the first to tackle was the Vezina Trophy.


Hart Trophy Watch: Daniel Sedin's strong case for MVP

Hart Trophy Watch: Daniel Sedin's strong case for MVP

by Ken Campbell - April 1, 2011 3:15 PM EDT

With a little more than a week to go the race for NHL MVP is tight and what happens in the final 10 days could factor into the final decision. As it stands right now, though, the Sedin family will have two Hart winners in the family.
One day after his wife gave birth to her third child, Daniel Sedin flew across the continent to join the Vancouver Canucks, then scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings last week.


Jack Adams Award Watch: Is Jacques Lemaire the best coach of all-time?

Jack Adams Award Watch: Is Jacques Lemaire the best coach of all-time?

by Rory Boylen - March 21, 2011 3:55 PM EDT

Can a coach win the Adams Award if his team doesn't make the playoffs? If ever there was a case to be made, it's this year with Jacques Lemaire. After the job he's done in New Jersey on top of what was already on his resume, the question has to be asked where he ranks among the best of the best.
Even if you don’t believe Jacques Lemaire should be considered for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year if his Devils fail to make the post-season, there’s no denying he’s one of the best in the business.


Norris Trophy Watch: A number of blueliners due hefty raises as free agents

Norris Trophy Watch: A number of blueliners due hefty raises as free agents

by Ryan Dixon - March 18, 2011 2:00 PM EDT

With less than a month to go before playoff season hits, it's officially the home stretch to fill out resumes for the major NHL awards. As the Norris race heats up, there are a number of elite defenders who could be available to the highest bidder come July.
With the season winding down, let’s examine which defensemen can expect a rise in pay this summer when the UFA market opens. The No.


Vezina Trophy Watch: Tim Thomas or Dominik Hasek?

Vezina Trophy Watch: Tim Thomas or Dominik Hasek?

by Rory Boylen - March 7, 2011 1:25 PM EST

As we continue our look at the race for the Vezina Trophy, Tim Thomas is chasing Dominik Hasek for the best save percentage mark in a season, but would his record be as impressive as The Dominator's?
Tim Thomas is currently on pace for save percentage history. Back when Dominik Hasek was winning scores of Vezina and Hart Trophies, he was posting astronomical totals in this department.


Hart Trophy Watch: Most valuable brothers

Hart Trophy Watch: Most valuable brothers

by Ken Campbell - March 4, 2011 1:25 PM EST

Henrik and Daniel Sedin would accomplish a feat of historical proportions if Daniel can take home the NHL's MVP award this season. But before that happens, he'll have to fend of some worthy opponents.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin have probably never heard of Max and Doug Bentley, but the twin Vancouver Canucks are on the verge of doing the Hall of Fame duo one better this season.


Norris Trophy Watch: No Norris candidates, but Philly’s ‘D’ tops in the league

Norris Trophy Watch: No Norris candidates, but Philly’s ‘D’ tops in the league

by Ryan Dixon - February 18, 2011 11:40 AM EST

Even though the Flyers don't have one individual performance that ranks among the league's elite, their entire defense corps is the league's best. In our new rankings of Norris candidates, Nicklas Lidstrom remains the one to beat, but he has some stiff competition.
In a recent issue of The Hockey News, senior writer Adam Proteau compiled a one-to-30 ranking of NHL defense corps based on feedback from league executives, scouts and coaches.


Vezina Trophy Watch: On the move

Vezina Trophy Watch: On the move

by Ryan Kennedy - February 7, 2011 2:25 PM EST

No surprise, Thomas remains on top. Meanwhile, the trade deadline is looming, but the real crease buzz comes from those moving up depth charts.
Who needs a goalie? With the trade deadline approaching, that’s usually a big question, but the market is stagnant and the bigger news is coming from the dead-end teams who are getting performances from unknowns.


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