It’s been a light week, so Friday Baker’s Dozen is a special edition of the Friday Baker’s Half-Dozen.
- The NHL season is officially over from an on-ice standpoint but now we have the NHL Awards, Draft and then free agent frenzy. Lots to still talk about though and the draft could be very interesting.
- Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was the right choice for MVP. He carried the team when Sidney Crosby was hurt and his team made the playoffs. Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, as great as his season was, didn’t get his team into the playoffs, which has to be a factor in the criteria.
- Big night for Sweden with Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist getting the Vezina and Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson getting the Norris. Pretty good week for Karlsson, who is 22 and signed a seven-year, $45 million contract on Tuesday. I guess Ottawa isn’t going after Nashville's Ryan Suter!
- Two of the three people on NHL.com that did a mock draft have the Sharks picking Stefan Matteau. Yes, he is the son of NHL star Stephane Matteau, who won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994 and played with the Sharks for five seasons. Here is a link for more info on this tough nosed prospect.
- Stamkos was quoted on the blog he was writing for NHL.com, "OK, so I didn't win the Hart Trophy or the Ted Lindsay Award. Sure it's disappointing, but I didn't really expect to win either, so the hopes weren't really crushed when I heard the results. Evgeni Malkin had a dominant season. He deserves both. It's just an honor in itself to be nominated for those awards."
- What if the NHL allowed teams to determine the size of the ice surface they played on at home? Of course, there would have to be a minimum and maximum length and width. I remember playing in the Boston Garden, Chicago Stadium and of course, the famed Cow Palace (was there even a neutral zone?).
Imagine one night playing on a smaller ice surface, say 190’ x 80’, and then the next game playing on an Olympic sized ice surface at 200’ x 100’. Talk about having to change your game plan, not to mention having home ice advantage.
Right now you hear coaches say they just need to make the playoffs, or get into the party. With different-sized ice surfaces that favor the home team, being a top seed would definitely be a priority for teams who want to increase their chances of winning the Stanley Cup.
Baker's Half-Dozen Thought 6 1/2. Social media is so prevalent and no hockey player takes better advantage of it than Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes. His Twitter handle is @BizNasty2point0 and he is funny and definitely keeps it real. Here are three recent tweets that were awesome. #CanadaFunny:
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