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Crosby not worried Penguins are without coach

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:48 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are in limbo as new general manager Jim Rutherford continues to search for the team's next coach in the days leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft and the opening of free agency July 1.

It can be an uneasy time for anyone associated with the Penguins, but one member of the organization who isn't concerned, at least not yet, is captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby has been monitoring all the changes going on in Pittsburgh from afar and is quick to point out that it's still only June, that training camp doesn't open until September, and certainly by then the Penguins will have a new coaching staff and a new plan of attack.

"I don't think you have to get too dramatic about it," Crosby said Tuesday from the red carpet at the 2014 NHL Awards. "It's still early. There's lots of time left."

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Penguins' Crosby wins Art Ross Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:46 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins has won his second career Art Ross Trophy, presented "to the player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season."

Crosby, who won his first Art Ross Trophy in 2006-07, finished with 36 goals, a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points -- besting Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (31-56—87) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux (28-58—86). Crosby registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point. He posted four point streaks of five or more games, highlighted by an eight-game run to open the season (Oct. 3-19: 7-10—17) and a 10-game stretch Dec. 3-21 (7-11—18). Crosby also reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career; only Mario Lemieux (10 times) has had more such seasons in Penguins history. On Nov. 29, Crosby became the third player in team history to reach 700 points, doing so in his 497th game, the fastest among active players and sixth-fastest in NHL history. He also became the fourth player in Penguins history to earn multiple Art Ross Trophies, following Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5) and Evgeni Malkin (2). His 17-point gap over Getzlaf marks the greatest differential for the League’s scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat out Teemu Selanne by 20 points.

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Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:39 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Calder Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
MacKinnon, COL 1,347 (130-6-1-0-0)
Palat, TBL 791 (5-78-29-15-5)
Johnson, TBL 352 (0-13-29-30-26)
Krug, BOS 287 (1-9-23-25-24)
Maatta, PIT 225 (0-11-18-16-10)
Trouba, WPG 213 (1-11-17-9-14)
Lindholm, ANA 208 (0-7-15-22-18)
Monahan, CGY 38 (0-2-2-3-5)
Andersen, ANA 25 (0-0-0-4-13)
Kreider, NYR 20 (0-0-1-3-6)

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."

MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice, receiving 130 first-place votes from the 137 ballots cast. The 18-year-old (9/1/95) becomes the youngest Calder winner ever. Carolina forward Jeff Skinner (5/16/92) was three and a half months older when he captured the award in 2011.

MacKinnon topped all first-year players in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied) and shots (241). The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games from Jan. 25 to March 6 (5-13—18), breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger (12 games).

The Cole Harbour, N.S., native is the second Avalanche player in the past three years to be voted the League's top rookie, following captain Gabriel Landeskog's Calder Trophy win in 2012.

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Rangers' Moore awarded Bill Masterton Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:34 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore is the 2013-14 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited those qualities. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, as a result of an on-ice injury.

Moore returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence from the League in the spring of 2012 in order to care for his wife, Katie, after she had been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Katie passed away at the age of 32 in January of 2013. Moore thereafter established the Katie Moore Foundation (katiemoore.org), dedicated to helping patients and families with rare cancers through research, advocacy and community. He resumed his career as an integral part of a Rangers team that earned 96 points and a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division.

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Bruins' Bergeron wins Frank Selke Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:24 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Selke Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
Bergeron, BOS 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
Kopitar, LAK 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
Toews, CHI 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
Backes, STL 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
Hossa, CHI 66 (0-5-2-2-15)
O'Reilly, COL 58 (0-0-3-10-13)
Plekanec, MTL 45 (0-0-4-5-10)
Pavelski, SJS 32 (0-0-2-3-13)
Couturier, PHI 30 (0-1-2-1-10)
Getzlaf, ANA 22 (0-1-1-2-4)

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has captured the Frank J. Selke Trophy in recognition of "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Bergeron garnered 1,283 voting points, including 112 first-place votes among the 137 cast, to finish ahead of second-place Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings (840 points). Bergeron won the Selke for the second time in three years. He finished second to this year's other finalist, Chicago's Jonathan Toews, in 2013.

Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 -- the most by any player in the past seven seasons -- as the Bruins posted the best defensive record in the Eastern Conference and second-best in the League overall (2.08 goals per game). He ranked second in the NHL in plus-minus with a career-high +38 rating and led all Bruins forwards in average ice time playing shorthanded (1:57).

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Penguins' Crosby selected as Ted Lindsay Award recipient

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 7:09 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

The National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the 2013-14 recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers were nominated by the members of the NHLPA as finalists for the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award.

Crosby has now received the Ted Lindsay Award in back-to-back seasons and has been voted by his peers as the "Most Outstanding Player" three times (2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14) in his career. He was also a finalist in 2009-10.

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Flyers GM Hextall interested in trading up at draft

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 4:19 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Trade talk is usually par for the course in the days leading up to the NHL Draft. It's never too surprising to find the Philadelphia Flyers in the middle of such talk, either.

That's especially true this year, when for the first time in the Flyers' 46-year history, they will be hosting the draft, at Wells Fargo Center. The first round will be held Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) and rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

One day after what could be considered his busiest day since taking over as general manager in May, Ron Hextall was at the Flyers' practice facility Tuesday to discuss the draft and the possibility of a trade at some point this weekend.

"We'll look at trading up if we can, but we won't trade up if we're going to get a similar player at where we are drafting right now in the first round," said Hextall, whose team has the 17th choice in the first round. "There is separation from the top of the draft and where we are drafting, so we'll look to trade up.

"There's no [Sidney] Crosby or [Drew] Doughty in this draft, but there will be some good players taken. It's a decent draft but lacking high-end type guys that some drafts produce."

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Order of presentation for 2014 NHL Awards

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 2:19 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

NHL.com

LAS VEGAS -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of the presentation for tonight's 2014 NHL Awards. Hosted by renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the 2014 NHL Awards will broadcast live from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC in Canada.

The scheduled order of award presentations is as follows (subject to change):

Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the players)
Presenters: Ted Lindsay and Eric Stonestreet

Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)
Presenters: Michael Peca and David Walton

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Lightning, Avalanche top nominees at NHL Awards

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 9:09 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- A year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche were licking their wounds months after completing dreadful seasons. They were looking forward to the 2013 NHL Draft, where they had high picks and could begin to change their fortunes.

Nobody could have predicted they'd each change fast enough to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and send a combined eight representatives to Las Vegas for the 2014 NHL Awards.

The Lightning and Avalanche, who finished 28th and 29th, respectively, in the standings last season, lead all teams with four nominees each for awards. They'll find out who wins Tuesday in a two-hour live show at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

The other teams that have as many as three nominees here are the Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins, who have combined to win three of the past four Stanley Cup championships.

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Capitals' Ovechkin eager for fresh start

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 7:25 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Things have changed drastically for Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin.

Since the 2013-14 season ended, his team has fired its coach, Adam Oates, and its general manager, George McPhee, the only manager Ovechkin has known during his NHL career.

McPhee has been replaced by Brian MacLellan, who had served as an assistant to McPhee for the past seven years. Oates was replaced by Barry Trotz, the longtime coach of the Nashville Predators.

Ovechkin says he is curious how things will play out and he knows the organization has made a huge commitment to get the team back to being a Stanley Cup contender.

"The whole organization made a big step by firing George, firing Adam," Ovechkin said Monday during media availability for the 2014 NHL Awards. "The organization wants to make improvements. Thank God they don't fire me yet. I'm still here with a Capitals jersey. We'll see."

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