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 Posted: Fri May 1st, 2015 12:59 am
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the three finalists vying for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player during the regular season.

Price set a Canadiens franchise record with 44 wins as part of a career season. He led the league in goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933) and recorded a career-high nine shutouts while leading Montreal to an Atlantic Division title. He is also a Vezina Trophy finalist.

Ovechkin, who won the Hart Trophy in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13, scored 53 goals - 10 more than any other player in the league, becoming only the sixth player in league history to eclipse the 50-goal mark six times. He scored 33 goals in the final 40 games of the season, helping the Capitals secure a playoff berth after missing the postseason in 2013-14.

Tavares enjoyed his greatest statistical season, setting career-highs in goals (38) and points (86), willing the Islanders to their second playoff berth in three seasons. He finished second in the league scoring race, one point behind Art Ross winner Jamie Benn, who leapfrogged Tavares with a four-point performance on the last day of the regular season.

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lobo316 wrote: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the three finalists vying for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player during the regular season.

Price set a Canadiens franchise record with 44 wins as part of a career season. He led the league in goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933) and recorded a career-high nine shutouts while leading Montreal to an Atlantic Division title. He is also a Vezina Trophy finalist.

Ovechkin, who won the Hart Trophy in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13, scored 53 goals - 10 more than any other player in the league, becoming only the sixth player in league history to eclipse the 50-goal mark six times. He scored 33 goals in the final 40 games of the season, helping the Capitals secure a playoff berth after missing the postseason in 2013-14.

Tavares enjoyed his greatest statistical season, setting career-highs in goals (38) and points (86), willing the Islanders to their second playoff berth in three seasons. He finished second in the league scoring race, one point behind Art Ross winner Jamie Benn, who leapfrogged Tavares with a four-point performance on the last day of the regular season.

My pick is Tavares. He really came up big when he had and the team really needed him. Every goal he scored mattered and he makes everyone around him better.

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Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the three finalists vying for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player during the regular season.

Price set a Canadiens franchise record with 44 wins as part of a career season. He led the league in goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933) and recorded a career-high nine shutouts while leading Montreal to an Atlantic Division title. He is also a Vezina Trophy finalist.

Ovechkin, who won the Hart Trophy in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13, scored 53 goals - 10 more than any other player in the league, becoming only the sixth player in league history to eclipse the 50-goal mark six times. He scored 33 goals in the final 40 games of the season, helping the Capitals secure a playoff berth after missing the postseason in 2013-14.

Tavares enjoyed his greatest statistical season, setting career-highs in goals (38) and points (86), willing the Islanders to their second playoff berth in three seasons. He finished second in the league scoring race, one point behind Art Ross winner Jamie Benn, who leapfrogged Tavares with a four-point performance on the last day of the regular season.

My pick is Tavares. He really came up big when he had and the team really needed him. Every goal he scored mattered and he makes everyone around him better.

It's a good thing the Hart is based on the regular season, because his game 7 against the Caps was terrible.  
It should go to Price, without him, the Habs are nowhere near the playoffs.



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Price for the Hart & Vezina



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There's a new GM in New Jersey.

from sportsnet.ca:





The New Jersey Devils have named Ray Shero general manager, president Lou Lamoriello announced Monday afternoon during a conference call.

Lamoriello, 72, will remain as president of the club. He said stepping down from the GM role was “100 per cent” his decision.

“This is a great opportunity for me and my family,” Shero said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The new general manager said he would focus on generating more goals, trying to augment the Devils solid goaltending with “more of an offensive philosophy.”

Shero was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the end of the 2013-14 season. He becomes the fourth GM in the history of the Devils.

One of Shero's first tasks will be finding a new head coach for the team, which was co-coached by Scott Stevens and Adam Oates during the second half of 2014-15.

The scouting staff remains in tact at this point.





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Ray Shero is an idiot. Glad Lou hired him.



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Niklas Svedberg has reported signed a 1 year deal with a KHL team. So for the 4th year in a row the Bruins will have a new backup Goalie playing behind Tuukka Rask. Barring a trade or FA signing it will be either Malcolm Subban ( drafted 24th overall in 2012 ) or Jeremy Smith ( FA signing after being drafted 54th overall by Nashville in 2007 ) who split the Goalie duties last season in Providence.


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According to reports out of Russia, Bruins backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg has signed with Salavat Yulaev of the KHL.

Svedberg was with the Bruins for three seasons after coming over from Sweden. He won the AHL’€™s top goaltender honors by receiving the Baz Bastian Memorial Award in 2012-13, his first season with the B’€™s. Svedberg spent another season in Providence before becoming Tuukka Rask's backup this season.

The Bruins showed minimal faith in him, however, and he struggled to make routine saves at times when he did get into games. The result was a season in which he played just 18 games NHL games, the lowest for a Bruins backup goalie in in an 82-game season in years.

“The number of games weren’€™t what I expected,” Svedberg said at the team’€™s breakup day. ‘€œI was hoping to play more, and I think I was playing good this year. So certainly I was hoping for more games. The kind of position we were in, there was a lot of pressure here on the team, so Tuukka played a lot of games and he also played very well. It’€™s the way it is. It was kind of frustrating. You want to play more, but that’€™s the way it is.”

The Bruins have options to back up Rask going forward. Malcolm Subban remains in Providence, but the team could also bring back 26-year-old Jeremy Smith, who played 39 games for Providence this season, or sign another veteran goaltender. Zane McIntyre, a Hobey Baker finalist, could factor into the Bruins’€™ plans down the road.



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Max Pacioretty has confirmed what most already knew.

The Montreal Canadiens forward told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that he did indeed suffer a concussion on April 5 against the Florida Panthers after taking a nasty spill into the boards.

"Those injuries you can't control the timeline. You have to listen to your brain, it's frustrating," Pacioretty explained on Thursday. "The first two days were awful. The symptoms were really bad the first few days. I was in lock down."

Pacioretty, 26, would be out of action until the first round of the playoffs, returning on April. 17 against the Ottawa Senators.

The forward was the Canadiens' top scorer in the regular season with 37 goals and 30 assists in 67 games. He trailed only P.K. Subban in Habs playoff points this season with five goals and two assists.

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The Vancouver Canucks officially added Jordan Subban to their roster by signing the 2013 fourth-round pick to an entry-level contract Thursday.

Subban recorded 165 points in 253 games over four seasons as a defenseman with the OHL's Belleville Bulls. He was named assistant captain in 2014-15 and led the team with 25 goals and 52 points.

Subban is the third member of his family to sign an NHL contract, joining Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Boston Bruins netminder Malcolm Subban.

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Eugene Melnyk has been battling serious health issues for months.

The Ottawa Senators owner has been suffering from a liver-related ailment that will require a transplant, the club said in a statement Thursday.

Melnyk was notably absent during the Senators' recent playoff run.

From the statement:

Melnyk was admitted to hospital three weeks ago as a result of the onset of liver-related complications. He has undergone a comprehensive medical assessment and it has been determined that Mr. Melnyk is in urgent need of a liver transplant.

Mr. Melnyk's family has actively reached out to his close friends and broader family with the hope of identifying someone who could be a "live liver donor." This process involves the removal of a portion of the living donor's liver so it can be transplanted into the recipient patient.

"Eugene Melnyk was admitted to Toronto General Hospital three weeks ago due to liver-related complications," team president Cyril Leeder said in a press conference.

"He is in urgent need of a liver transplant ... Time is of the essence ... Please keep Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in your thoughts and prayers."

"This is life threatening without a new liver," says Leeder. #Sens

— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 14, 2015
The club said Melnyk has been seriously ill since mid-January. The family found several donor candidates, but none were deemed suitable.

Looking for a donor who is a healthy adult 18 to 55. #Sens

— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 14, 2015
Cyril Leeder just said that if people wait for a week or two to see if they are a suitable donor, it will be too late for Melnyk.

— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 14, 2015
The 55-year-old purchased the Senators in 2003, rescuing them from bankruptcy.

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How 'bout that overtime performance King Henrick put in last night against that Messier wannabe Ovechkin & The Caps.


And the clinching goal by Stepan wasn't too shabby either.


I would have rathered The Rangers playing Montreal this next round, but I really am confident they'll get past the 'Bolts. For some reason the only team left that concerns me are The Mighty Ducks. Chicago will be tough too, but for some reason I'd rather The Rangers play them in the Finals....BUT, one step at a time, & the next step is Tampa.

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Philly has hired a new Head Coach.


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The Philadelphia Flyers made a surprise pick for their new head coach, hiring the University of North Dakota's Dave Hakstol on Monday.

The 46-year-old Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at North Dakota. He went 289-143-43 with a .654 winning percentage in 475 games. In 2014-15, he led North Dakota to a 29-10-3 record with a .726 winning percentage and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.

North Dakota made the NCAA Tournament in every one of Hakstol's 11 seasons and reached the Frozen Four seven times in that span, which is the most of any program in the country during that period.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall fired coach Craig Berbue at the end of the season after he failed to lead them to the playoffs. Berube went 75-58-28 (.553) in two seasons with the Flyers and took them to the playoffs last season. The Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup since 1975.

Hextall's son, Brett, played for Haxstol at North Dakota.

Hakstol's program has produced 20 NHL players and a total of 46 that have played professionally at some level. His former players include Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Matt Greene of the Los Angeles Kings, each of whom have won two Stanley Cups.

"He's a proven winner and we are pleased to have him become part of the Flyers family," Hextall said in a statement.

The Flyers planned to introduce Hakstol at a midday press conference on Monday.

Hextall said after he fired Berube he wanted a coach who could help develop several young promising prospects in the minors.

"With some of the prospects we have coming, part of the thought process in the new coach is can he get the most out of young players, and is he open to putting young players in the lineup," Hextall said.

The Flyers have missed the playoffs two times in a three-season span for the first time since they missed it five straight seasons from 1989-1994.




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The Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney their eighth general manager in team history.

Team president Cam Neely announced the decision Wednesday morning.

Sweeney will take over after serving as the team's assistant GM. He's been with the organization since 2006, coming on as the director of player development. He also played 15 seasons as a member of the Bruins from 1988-2003.

CEO Charlie Jacobs explained in the team's statement what made Sweeney the top candidate:

Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire. He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out.

Sweeney said:

I am both excited and humbled for the opportunity to be named the General Manager of the Boston Bruins. I would like to thank the entire Jacobs’ family and specifically Mr. Jacobs and Charlie, as well as, Cam for bestowing the confidence and trust in me to direct this historic franchise in which I have been a part of for 24 years. My family and friends have been extremely supportive throughout the General Manager search process and I certainly want to acknowledge them today to show my heartfelt appreciation. I am fully aware of everyone’s expectations to move the organization forward. The challenges ahead rests with the players, the coaches and the management group to work hard to make the necessary changes to bring the Bruins back to the forefront of contending for the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins fired former GM Peter Chiarelli in April after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.

Sweeney will be formally introduced as the GM at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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The Hamburglar will be back in Canada's capital next season.

The Ottawa Senators announced Wednesday that they agreed to a three-year, $4.05-million contract extension with goaltender Andrew Hammond.

The average annual value of Hammond’s extension is $1.35M ($1.2M, $1.35M, $1.5M) 🍔🍔🍔

— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) May 20, 2015
Hammond was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and by the looks of things he seems happy to be back.

Fire up the grills! Excited to be coming back to @Senators for 3 more years! 🍔🍔🍔

— Andrew Hammond (@andrewhammond30) May 20, 2015
The 27-year-old backstopped the Senators back to the playoffs after the team failed to qualify last season.

He posted a 20-1-2 record with a .941 save percentage and 1.79 goals-against average in 24 games.

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Mike Babcock is about to become a rich man.

The questions that remain are how rich he'll be and who he'll collect his bounty from.

The Detroit Red Wings have made Babcock an offer of $3.25 million annually, but the Buffalo Sabres have reportedly raised the stakes and have the biggest ante on the table, which includes a long-term commitment.

On @TSN690 , @DarrenDreger says Buffalo will throw "whatever term and dollars is necessary." He's hearing offer is around 6 yrs & $5M per.

— Dave Davis (@DaveDavisHockey) May 20, 2015
If Dreger is hearing correctly, that would make Babcock the highest-paid coach in the NHL by a landslide, surpassing Chicago Blackhawks bench boss Joel Quenneville, who currently earns $2.95 million annually.

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