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Here's a quick bit of fluff, as I attempt to pick my choices for major NHL award winners.

Hart Trophy Finalists:

Jarome Iginla, Calgary; Alexander Ovechkin, Washington; Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa.

My Pick: Ovechkin.

Ovechkin is the most exciting player in the game and he is the Capitals. Not only is he supremely talented, but he plays the game with a passion and level of pure joy that should resonate with every fan in the NHL.

Norris Trophy Finalists:

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Brian Rafalski Detroit; Jay Bouwmeester, Florida

My Pick: Lidstrom

I mean, c'mon....

Vezina Trophy Finalists:

Marty Turcon, Dallas; Martin Brodeur, New Jersey; Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose

My Pick: Turco

Turco has split time with Mike Smith a bit, while Nabokov has played just about every minute for the Sharks. I pick Turco, because the guy seems incapable of having a bad game. So far, this was easily the hardest one to choose.

Calder Trophy Finalists:

Peter Mueller, Phoenix; Patrick Kane, Chicago; Alexander Edler, Vancouver

My Pick: Edler. This was a lot harder than the Vezina. It's so damned close, I basically tossed a dart. Others I considered: Tobias Enstrom, Jonathan Toews, Nik Backstrom and Matt Niskanen. Excellent crop of rookies this year.

Jack Adams Finalists:

Wayne Gretzky, Phoenix; Joel Quenneville, Colorado; Ken Hitchcock, Columbus

My Pick: Quenneville. Take a young team, lose guys like Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth, not to mention your best young player, Paul Stastny, and still be in the playoff hunt? That is some PURE D coaching skill on display.

Masterton: Jason Blake, Toronto....Dude has been playing with freaking Leukemia.

Art Ross: My guess is Alfredsson, if the Capital Punishment line stays healthy.

Selke: My pick would be Pavel Datsyuk. The guy is an unbelievable two way player.

Now, for my Anti-Awards:

Hurt Trophy, LEAST Valuable Player: Michal Handzus, Los Angeles. The Kings are paying Zeus $4mm this year for 5 goals, 11 assists and a -20.

The Fitzpatrick Trophy, Worst Defenseman: Steve McCarthy, Atlanta. He only sees 15 minutes a night, but this offensive defenseman has racked up an ugly -24 rating to go along with his 5 assists on the year.

The Steph Beauregard Memorial Award, Worst Goalie: We have a 3 way tie!!! Andrew Raycroft, Toronto; Marc Denis, Tampa Bay and Ray Emery, Ottawa. Emery's performance on the ice has been bad, but what really got our eye was his off the ice performance.

The Ted Sator Cup, Worst coaching job: Jacques Martin, Florida Panthers.
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February 15, 2008 10:17 PM ET | Delete
Hurt Trophy, LEAST Valuable Player: Michal Handzus, Los Angeles. The Kings are paying Zeus $4mm this year for 5 goals, 11 assists and a -20. Poor ZEUS
February 15, 2008 11:57 PM ET | Delete
Steph Beauregard trophy should go to Jocelyn Thibault. I mean really the guy cant stop a beach ball
February 16, 2008 12:20 AM ET | Delete
You Jsaq - Not to sound like a homer - but up until a week ago - you had to consider Stevens in the Jack Adams category. I don't disagree with your choices per se and I would likely give it to Gretz.
February 16, 2008 12:29 AM ET | Delete
Well sabrecrazy07 it depends on who is shooting the beach ball. Other goalies have trouble stopping a beach ball too. Like Cloutier.
February 16, 2008 1:16 AM ET | Delete
I think you have to give Claude Julien of the Bruins some consideration for the Adams. The only reason they're winning is because of the system he's put in place, especially after they lost Patty Bergeron.
February 16, 2008 4:00 AM ET | Delete
I don't thnk you can give it to Gretzky. Bryzgalov is the reason that team is playing well. They sucked until he showed up.
February 16, 2008 9:51 AM ET | Delete
No love for Richie for the Selke....
February 16, 2008 11:32 AM ET | Delete
Bruce Brodreau!
February 16, 2008 11:46 AM ET | Delete
There were several guys considered for certain awards. I can't really disagree with names like Boudreau, Julien, Richards or Thibault for the awards selected.
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