Trophy Watch

Hart Trophy Watch: Tim Thomas enjoying historic season

Hart Trophy Watch: Tim Thomas enjoying historic season

by Ken Campbell - February 4, 2011 10:45 AM EST

A month ago it didn't look like Sidney Crosby could be caught as the NHL's most valuable player. But after 'The Kid' sustained a concussion all bets are off as the time line for his return is still up in the air. In the meantime, Boston's goalie has been posting incredible totals.
If the Pittsburgh Penguins are indeed suffering without Sidney Crosby in the lineup, they’re doing a very good job of hiding it – and a very good job at making up for it.


Jack Adams Award Watch: Time for Trotz to get his due

Jack Adams Award Watch: Time for Trotz to get his due

by Rory Boylen - January 24, 2011 3:30 PM EST

As coach of the Nashville Predators since the franchise joined the league, Barry Trotz has consistently got the most out of a budget team and that trend is continuing in 2010-11. After being nominated for the Jack Adams for the first time last season, Trotz deserves another shot this time around.
Take one look at Barry Trotz’s resume and it’s a downright shame he hasn’t been recognized for his achievements more than once.


Norris Trophy Watch: Experience trumps youth on the blueline

Norris Trophy Watch: Experience trumps youth on the blueline

by Ryan Dixon - January 21, 2011 2:30 PM EST

From Cam Fowler to Kevin Shattenkirk and beyond, a few rookie defenders have stood out this season, but none will become the first freshman to win the Norris. Instead, 40-year-old Nicklas Lidstrom continues his awe-inspiring play.
When Buffalo’s Tyler Myers claimed the Calder Trophy last year, it was just the sixth time since 1980 that rookie-of-the-year honors were bestowed upon a defenseman.


Vezina Trophy Watch: Predicting the unpredictable position

Vezina Trophy Watch: Predicting the unpredictable position

by Rory Boylen - January 10, 2011 4:15 PM EST

Looking at past drafts, the success rate of first round goalies comes down to a coin flip. And it hasn't been any easier to predict recent winners of the Vezina Trophy, either.
Goalies are an interesting breed. Aside from the fact they stand alone and are naturally separated from the rest of the team - yet hold the most influential position in the lineup - they are also incredibly difficult to project.


Hart Trophy Watch: Can Sidney Crosby be caught?

Hart Trophy Watch: Can Sidney Crosby be caught?

by Ken Campbell - January 7, 2011 2:05 PM EST

In our continuing look into the race for the NHL's MVP honor, Sidney Crosby has opened such a big lead on the competition the only way it looks like he'll be caught is if his concussion keeps him out longer than expected.
His point streak was halted after 25 games, his bid for 50 goals in 50 games has taken a serious hit and he’s out of the lineup for at least a week with a concussion, but Sidney Crosby is still leading the pack of contenders for the Hart Trophy.


Norris Trophy Watch: Enstrom allows ‘Big Buff’ to roam

Norris Trophy Watch: Enstrom allows ‘Big Buff’ to roam

by Ryan Dixon - December 24, 2010 10:05 AM EST

After being moved back to defense, Dustin Byfuglien continues his ascension to the top of the blueliner world, but he's not doing it alone. Partner Tobias Enstrom is a key cog and is a quiet contender for the Norris himself.
Physically, it doesn’t really make sense that Tobias Enstrom has Dustin Byfuglien’s back. The notion that Enstrom, who’s generously – and we mean generously – listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, is always there for Byfuglien just seems a little funny when you consider he probably gives up close to 100 pounds to his hulking blueline partner.


Vezina Trophy Watch: Where is Roberto Luongo?

Vezina Trophy Watch: Where is Roberto Luongo?

by Rory Boylen - December 13, 2010 3:35 PM EST

In our monthly rundown of the best goaltenders in the league this season, we compare Roberto Luongo's career to other netminders in the top 30 in wins all-time, but it's Tim Thomas on top once again.
When the New York Islanders drafted Roberto Luongo fourth overall in 1997 and when the Florida Panthers acquired him in 2000, the Montreal native was supposed to become an all-world goaltender capable of carrying a team.


Hart Trophy Watch: Crosby takes control of scoring race

Hart Trophy Watch: Crosby takes control of scoring race

by Ken Campbell - December 10, 2010 11:30 AM EST

In response to a hot start from Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, Penguins star Sidney Crosby is on a tear and has opened a 10-point lead in the scoring race. As a result, 'The Kid' is our new front-runner for the Hart Trophy, but he has two goalies on his heels.
There are a lot of great things about the new NHL. (By the way, when are we going to stop calling it that?) One of them is that the mantle of the best player on the planet keeps getting passed around like a bong at a frat party.


Jack Adams Award Watch: Babcock, Laviolette know how to breed winners

Jack Adams Award Watch: Babcock, Laviolette know how to breed winners

by Rory Boylen - November 29, 2010 2:30 PM EST

Mike Babcock and Peter Laviolette are among the most successful active coaches in the NHL, yet neither has taken home the Jack Adams before. In our continuing look at the race for the league's best coach, we take a look into the career paths of the Red Wings and Flyers coaches and rank the current top 10.
When you think of coaches Mike Babcock and Peter Laviolette, you think of winning. On the one hand you have Babcock, a McGill graduate who started his North American coaching career at Red Deer College in Alberta in 1988.


Norris Trophy Watch: Lidstrom leads blueline brigade

Norris Trophy Watch: Lidstrom leads blueline brigade

by Ryan Dixon - November 26, 2010 12:45 PM EST

Even at 40, Nicklas Lidstrom continues to dominate NHL competition and tops this week's look at the Norris Trophy race. We also take a look at the thought process behind defensive pairings.
A couple of weeks ago, we at THN started thinking about the intricacies of the blueline buddy system. Some will be tempted to say we’ve gone softer than the Islanders ‘D’ corps, but there’s clearly a special bond shared between two people who are always in it together and looking out for each other’s best interests – which, in this case, includes not having your face smashed into a big pane of glass unnecessarily.


Vezina Trophy Watch: Tim Thomas hoses down competition

Vezina Trophy Watch: Tim Thomas hoses down competition

by Rory Boylen - November 15, 2010 2:20 PM EST

In a tough race midway through November, Boston's Tim Thomas has established himself as the leader, but don't think Carey Price, Jonathan Quick, Jaroslav Halak and the rest of the contenders are giving up that easily.
Unless you’re a hardcore anti-Boston Bruins fan, it’s hard to cheer against Tim Thomas. There’s something very Rudy about this guy.


Hart Trophy Watch: Stamkos becoming NHL's best player

Hart Trophy Watch: Stamkos becoming NHL's best player

by Ken Campbell - November 12, 2010 3:00 PM EST

On the cover of the next issue of THN, Steven Stamkos also tops the charts in our second look at the ongoing race for league MVP. With 14 goals and 26 points through 15 games - tops in the NHL - Stamkos is establishing himself in the upper-crust of the league's talent group.
In your mailbox or on fine newsstands everywhere – well, in Canada at least – you’ll see Steven Stamkos on the cover of the next issue of The Hockey News, where we proclaim Stamkos to be, “The NHL’s new best player.


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