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Post-Awards Comments

Congrats to Datsyuk for winning his fourth Lady Byng and second Selke tonight. It’s too bad Lidstrom didn’t get the Norris, but at least that pretender Green didn’t get it.

The show, by the way (if you didn’t watch), was about as painful as usual. Bad music, stumbling Hollywood types and wooden ex- and current player presenters. Guess it could have been worse, but the Show has a long way to go.

Highlight of the evening: Vladimir Konstantinov’s appearance with Igor Larionov. Still gut wrenching to see Vladdy, even though he’s looking good these days.

Khan: Datsyuk a Hart Finalist

Ansar Khan has the scoop ahead of the official announcement: Datsyuk is just the fourth Red Wing to be named a Hart Trophy Finalist (Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, and Sergei Fedorov are the others).

How cool would it be if he pulls off the trophy hat trick? Malkin and Ovechkin loom so large in the eyes of the media that it’s difficult seeing anyone but one of them win it, but maybe they split the vote. If not, though, even being named a finalist is a huge honor.

I’m actually interested in watching the Awards now.

Lidstrom a Norris Finalist Again

Update (1:30 PM): Why, Bruce, why?Matt

Nick’s one of three men in the running. Zdeno Chara and Mike Green are the others.

Helene St. James* rightly (and unfortunately) points out that he’ll likely finish third. If that’s true, here’s hoping the only other actual defensemen on the list wins it.

To Caps fans: No. He’s not.**

*She doesn’t detail how she voted. Interesting.
**Finally, an excuse to link to this.

Babcock Adams Tropy Finalist

TSN reports that Mike Babcock has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy along with Washington’s Bruce Boudreau and Montreal’s Guy Carbonneau.

Although Boudreau is the likely winner, I’m thrilled that Babs is getting the recognition he deserves after three years as the Wings’ coach. A lot of coaches would kill to have the personnel Babcock has on every unit, but I don’t think that’s a knock against him at all.

The fact is, what he’s done so far has been remarkable. Babcock has changed the face of Red Wings hockey in a big way by instilling a team mentality. The team’s veterans brought up through the Bowman and Lewis years have bought into Babcock’s system wholesale. Babcock’s team dispel stereotypes about soft European Red Wings every game.

In addition to adjusting the team’s mentality, he’s done done a tremendous job of maximizing the potential of individual forgotten players such as Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson.

There are times where we fans disagree with some of Babcock’s personnel decisions, but overall, there is very little negative to say about the guy and a whole lot of positive. I’d love to see him win coach of the year, for sure.

2006 NHL Awards

The 2006 NHL Awards took place in Vancouver, BC tonight from 8-10 pm. The biggest surprises of the night for me were Lindy Ruff winning the Jack Adams over Peter Laviolette and Miikka Kiprusoff winning the Vezina over Martin Brodeur. The Red Wings went 2-for-2 with the awards they were up for, with Pavel Datsyuk picking up the Lady Byng and Nicklas Lidstrom picking up the Norris.

The show opened with a good interview with Ovechkin and Crosby, where they talked about the competition between them during the regular season. The players walked down the NHL’s version of the red carpet, and Scotty Bowman and Nicklas Lidstrom were seen signing autographs. By the way, it seemed like this one guy with a New York Rangers jersey got every single player’s autograph who walked by.

Ron MacLean wore a referee styled jacket and said a few corny jokes before beginning the award presentations. Winners are listed below.

CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks.

JACK ADAMS AWARD : Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres

JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD: Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers

VEZINA TROPHY: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames

ART ROSS TROPHY: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

WILLIAM M. JENNINGS TROPHY: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames

BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (new name!)

KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY: Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals

MAURICE RICHARD TROPHY: Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks

Mike Babcock accepted the Lady Byng on Datsyuk’s behalf, and awkwardly didn’t go up to the mic and say a few words. Later in the show, when Kiprussov won the Vezina, Darryl Sutter accepted it for him and did a speech thanking the coaching staff (ha ha) and saying how Kiprussov told him not to swear. It came off a lot better than Babcock jumping on stage and saying nothing, at least. Oh, and I loved the fact that Brodeur didn’t win the Vezina.

Lidstrom did a good job accepting his fourth Norris in five seasons, but I didn’t really catch anything interesting out of his acceptance speech. It sounded like I’ve heard it before. He did say he might be talking to GM Ken Holland after the show, maybe so they can get some contract talks done!

I was soo glad Lindy Ruff won the Adams over Laviolette, because he really did a great job with Buffalo this season and just edged out Peter Laviolette, 155-154, in the votes. None of the other awards were nearly this close in voting.

When Kiprussov was honored for winning the Jennings, Brendan Peters, the kid they always showed in the stands during the playoffs with the Flames goalie equipment on, accepted for his favorite player. That was a nice touch.

Brian Burke and Tom Cochrane presented the Masterton to Teemu Selanne, who accepted via video from Finland, where he is running a charity hockey camp. Datsyuk could’ve at least prepared a video clip like Teemu did, but I guess he didn’t expect to win the Lady Byng.

Ovechkin won the Calder, and gave probably the funniest speech of the night. He thanked his agent or assistant for cleaning his house and helping him buy his car and food at the grocery store. In his tone and Russian accent, it sounded really funny.

Mark Messier awarded the Hart to Thornton, who gave the best speech of the night. He was very clear and concise, and seemed the most comfortable on stage in front of the mic. This part of the awards show is always a big question every year, because hockey players are not the best at giving acceptance speeches. But this year every player did well in this area.