Four guys stand out in the race for the Selke Trophy

Cam Lewis
February 18 2015 03:47PM

With teams hitting the final stretch of the season, discussion around competition for individual awards has started to heat up. Last year, Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game by a wide margin. This award is somewhat difficult to gauge, mainly because it’s voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, a combination of individuals who have varying stances on the validity of advanced stats in hockey, and I'm (obviously) not completely sure what each voter is going to base their vote on. Regardless, there are four players, including Bergeron, who break away from the pack as the most valuable defensive forwards in the game.

Let’s take a look

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The Calder Trophy race: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

Cam Lewis
February 17 2015 08:20AM

Along with the NHL’s playoff races, the competition for the league’s individual awards is heating up as we head into the final stretch of the season. Of all the awards, the Calder Trophy seems to be the most obvious choice at this point. Filip Forsberg has already put up 19 goals and 50 points and has helped his Nashville Predators transform from a middling team into a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. While Forsberg’s season has been incredibly impressive, a few other guys — including a 19-year old rock in Florida — may give him a run for money when it’s all said and done.

Let’s take a look.

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Who are the frontrunners for the Norris Trophy?

Cam Lewis
February 14 2015 07:30AM

We’re into the final stretch of the season, and as playoff races heat up, so do the races for individual awards. As it sits right now, this is a really close race. The pack is being led by a combination of familiar faces who always seem to be in the discussion for the league’s top defenceman, but a duo from Calgary has broken into the pack. While there have been a whole bunch of really strong performances from defencemen this season, these five players seem to stand out more than others.

Let’s take a look

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An early look at the Vezina Trophy race

Cam Lewis
February 10 2015 08:00AM

We’re into the final stretch of the season, and as playoff races heat up, so do the races for individual awards. In terms of the Vezina Trophy for the league’s top goaltender, there has been a handful of really strong goaltending performances this season, but the race appears to be between three guys who have unmatched value to their respective teams. 

Let’s take a look.

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Eyes on the Dollar: Philadelphia Flyers

Cam Lewis
February 07 2015 08:00AM

As we all know at this point, the strength Canadian dollar is directly tied to the NHL’s revenue, and subsequently, the league’s salary cap. Gary Bettman suggested a couple weeks ago that if the Canadian dollar stayed at $0.80, the cap ceiling would end up around $71.5 million. If that’s the case, multiple teams who were relying on a jump in the cap ceiling to give them some much needed breathing room will be forced to change their plans. 

The Philadelphia Flyers are one of those teams. Frankly, the Flyers are in cap hell even if the cap rises to a higher figure than the one Bettman suggested. They’re heading into next season with basically their entire roster intact, as they have $67.327 million tied up in 11 forwards, five defenceman (and Chris Pronger who will hit the LITR) and one goalie. As a result, they’ll have ~$4.0 million to fill a couple of holes. (They’ll also be given ~$5.0 million to replace Pronger through the LTIR replacement bonus.)

That doesn’t seem too daunting, does it? 

Well, if they want to continue to be a middling team, sure, it won’t be overly difficult. But if they want to actually improve their roster, they’re going to have to do something about a lot of really, really ugly contracts that aren’t going away any time soon. The Flyers may need to sell high on some of their most valuable assets now in order to rebuild for a time down the road when they don't have quite so much of their cap tied into dead weight. 

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