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NHL Awards

Auston Matthews of Maple Leafs wins Calder Trophy

Center led NHL rookies in goals, points, shots on goal

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews remembers well the nerves he felt when he was getting ready to go to Buffalo last June for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Fast-forward a year later when Matthews, 19, was experiencing a different type of nerves on stage at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday to accept the Calder Trophy after being the near-unanimous winner, receiving 164 of 167 first-place votes.

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NHL Awards

Bryan Bickell honored at NHL Awards, receives donation

Retired forward returned to play for Hurricanes after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Bryan Bickell knew he was coming to Las Vegas to be honored at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday for courageously coming back to play for the Carolina Hurricanes after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The surprise for Bickell and his wife, Amanda, was the $20,000 joint donation the NHL Foundation and NHL Players' Association made to the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation, which works with rescued pit bulls as service dogs to assist abused children and those with MS.

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights pleased with Expansion Draft selections

Vegas owner Bill Foley says they have 'great team from the net out'

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley was keeping his lips sealed about the players they selected, who will be revealed during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). 

But he could not hide his excitement about the roster created by general manager George McPhee and his staff.

"I believe we put together a great team from the net out," Foley said after emerging from his first Board of Governors meeting as an NHL owner. "I believe the fans are really going to like the team and the trades and the draft picks and the prospects that we have.

"It's not just a player per team. In many cases, it might have been two players a team. It might have been an upgraded draft pick plus a player, all kinds of different situations. Sometimes the player might be an unrestricted free agent who may or may not come with us. We've already signed two restricted free agents to contracts with fellows that we drafted that were restricted free agents. So those are done."

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NHL Awards

Braden Holtby: Sergei Bobrovsky deserves Vezina Trophy at NHL Awards

Capitals goalie praises Blue Jackets goaltender's work ethic, says 'what he's done this year is pretty special'

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the second year in a row after winning it last season, but he doesn't think he should win it this time.

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Expansion Draft

Expansion Mock Draft: Matt Dumba, Marc Methot on list for Golden Knights

NHL.com's Tom Gulitti believes defensemen from Wild, Senators among those headed to Vegas

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Each of the 30 NHL teams submitted its list of protected players on Saturday for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The Vegas Golden Knights, the League's 31st team, have until 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday to make their picks for the expansion draft. The Golden Knights will select 30 players, one from each team, and must take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. At least 20 of the players must already be under contract for next season. Vegas must select players whose average annual salaries add up to at least $43.8 million, or 60 percent of the $73 million salary cap that was in place for this season.

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NHL Insider

Bryan Bickell staying busy in fight against multiple sclerosis

Retired forward dedicated to helping others afflicted with disease that ended his NHL career

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- In his past life, former NHL forward Bryan Bickell already would have begun preparing for next season by now. Unless, of course, it was one of three times he won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, in which case he'd still be busy wrapping up the season.

But more than two months after playing his final NHL game, Bickell has moved on to his next life. That brought him to New York on Thursday for a blitz of media interviews to share his story about living with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

After that, he was scheduled to fly to Toronto to speak at an MS fundraising event there Thursday evening.

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Predators look like team on rise despite Cup Final disappointment

Young core, effective goaltending make for bright future in Nashville

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- Next season was a difficult concept for the Nashville Predators to think about Sunday.

This season had just ended with a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, and no one could blame them for not wanting to look ahead to anything other than a good rest. But in sifting through their disappointment, there will be some lessons they can learn and also motivation they can channel next season.

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Stanley Cup Final

Predators thought they would win Game 6, until they didn't

Memorable run to Cup Final ends with disappointing loss to Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- The sounds of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrating their Stanley Cup championship out on the Bridgestone Arena ice permeated the despondent quiet in the Nashville Predators locker room, reinforcing the pain goaltender Pekka Rinne and his teammates were experiencing.

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Stanley Cup Final

Ryan Ellis playing for Predators in Game 6 against Penguins

Defenseman returns to Stanley Cup Final from injury sustained Thursday

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis is playing in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday after leaving Game 5 on Thursday with an unspecified injury.

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Stanley Cup Final

Predators hope Ryan Ellis can play in Game 6 of Cup Final vs. Penguins

Defenseman's status still uncertain after leaving Game 5 with injury

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators are holding out hope that Ryan Ellis will be able to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports) after the injured defenseman skated on his own prior to the team's optional morning skate.

Ellis, who left after sustaining an unspecified injury in the second period of a 6-0 loss in Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Thursday, was on the ice about a half hour before the morning skate. He did not skate or shoot the puck at full speed.

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