Tag: Awards

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

50 Years of Misawarding the Conn Smythe

The awarding of the Conn Smythe in 2015 to Duncan Keith felt like a dose of sanity, he was well deserving of it. Unfortunately, since the award’s introduction in the mid ’60s, it hasn’t always been so obvious and oftentimes the writers responsible for voting for the award have picked odd, sometimes even terrible winners. …

Hockey, Sports

2014-2015 NHL 1/2 Season Awards

The Maple Leafs played their 41st game of the season on Saturday – a loss, unsurprisingly, as it’s that time of year – and so I guess it’s time for a little report on the NHL Awards Arms Race. I don’t know the last time I’ve done one of these, both because of personal issues …

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Did Justin Williams Deserve the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Professional Hockey Writers Association’s members love clutch goals. At least recently, that appears to be the driving force in so many of the Conn Smythe winners’ resumes, whenever those players are not goalies. So Justin Williams has been given the award this year. Did he deserve it?

Hockey, Sports, The Campaign to Fire Brian Burke

The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Dion Phaneuf and the Liles Trade

On New Year’s Eve the Toronto Maple Leafs extended Dion Phaneuf. On Year’s Eve they traded John-Michael Liles and a prospect for Tim Gleason.

Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Does Patrick Kane deserve the Conn Smythe Trophy?

So, earlier in this final, I had a post ready to go about the Bruins and the Leafs and how the Bruins’ success meant nothing to the Leafs despite what most Leafs fans on facebook seem to believe. I had to delete this morning and I must say that it was actually a pretty happy …

Hockey, Sports

2013 Official NHL Awards

Due to the strange, lockout-shortened season, the NHL announced its awards this past weekend instead of having the traditional, silly ceremony. Earlier this season, I wrote about who should win both the real NHL awards, and the awards that the NHL should have. Since the automatic awards were, um, automatic, let’s look at who the …

2013, Hockey, Sports

NHL 1/2 Season Awards 2013

It’s approximately half way through this post-lockout pseudo-season, so it’s time to look at who’s leading in the various NHL award categories that do and should exist.   Automatic Awards:   The Art Ross Crosby is leading so far, with 36 points in 23 games – on pace for what would be 128 points in …

Hall of Fame, Hockey, Sports

Is Nicklas Lidstrom the greatest NHL defenseman of all time?

Career: 20 seasons, all quality 264G, 878A (22nd All Time) for 1142P in 1564 games (10th, 1st European), +450 (10th) 82-game average of 14G, 46A for 60P, +4 Playoffs: 54G, 129A for 183P in 263 games, +61 Adjusted: 264G, 918A (16th All Time) for 1204P Adjusted 82-game average: 14G, 48A for 63P. Accomplishments: 1 Conn …

2012, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

If the NBA had a Conn Smythe equivalent, this would be the watch list: Round 2!

Celtics: Kevin Garnett: 37.1 MPG, 19.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.5 BPG 1.4 SPG Paul Pierce: 38.3 MPG, 19.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1BPG Rajon Rondo: 41.2 MPG, 15.3 PPG, 12.3 APG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG, .2 BPG   Heat: Lebron James: 40.2 MPG, 29 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 5.9 APG, 2.4 …

2012, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

Conn Smythe Watch: Round 3!

Kings: Jonathan Quick: 12W, 2L, 1.54GAA, .946 SV%   Runners up: Dustin Brown: 7G, 9A for 16P, +13, 20:43 ATOI Drew Doughty: 2G, 8A for 10P, +10, 25:53 ATOI Anze Kopitar: 6G, 9A for 15P, +13, 22:09 ATOI   Devils: Bryce Salvador: 3G, 8A for 11P, +10, 22:36 ATOI   Runners up: Martin Brodeur: 12W, …

2012, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

If the NBA had an equivalent of the Conn Smythe, instead of their silly “finals” award, this would be the watch list

Boston Celtics MVP Candidates Kevin Garnett: 37.7 MPG, 18.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2 APG, 1.83 BPG, 1.3 SPG Paul Pierce: 37.7 MPG, 21.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, .8 BPG Rajon Rondo: 41.8 MPG, 16.8 PPG, 11.8 APG, 5.6 RPG, 3.4 SPG, .2 BPG, Note: missed one game   Indian Pacers MVP Candidates …

2011, 2012, Basketball, Sports

2011-2012 NBA Awards

Best Player: Love him or hate him (I hate him), LeBron was yet again the regular season’s best player: He was the league’s best offensive player and he is also one of the best defensive players (probably the 2nd best SF in the league this year). Where he fits in the league leaders: 1st in …

2012, Hockey, Playoffs, Sports

2012 Conn Smythe Watch: Round 1

Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Brown: 4G, 1A for 5P, +4, 20:33 ATOI Willie Mitchell: 1G, 1A for 2 P, +3, 25:27 ATOI Jonathan Quick: 4W, 1L, 1.59 GAA, .953S%   Nashville Predators David Legwand: 2G, 2A for 4P, +5, 18:48 ATOI Alex Radulov: 1G, 4A for 5P, +5 Pekka Rinne: 4W, 1L, 1.81 GAA, .944 …

2011, 2012, Hockey, Sports

The Real NHL 1/2 Season Awards

At the quarter-season mark I claimed I had the 1/2 season awards and nobody called me on it.  Your fault.   The Automatics: Rocket Richard: Stamkos still has it The Gretzky/Oates: Sedin, the Henrik, still has it The Art Ross: Malkin! The Orr: Karlsson The Bourque? (I like to add the question mark): Karlsson The …

2011, 2012, Hockey, Sports

The NHL 1/4 Season Awards

Automatic Awards:   The Rocket Richard: Phil Kessel: 13G in 19GP Now, obviously I’m more shocked about this than practically anyone. All I can say in my defense (and eternal carping about how Kessel sucks) is that he was on pace for something 100 goals earlier in the season and now he is on pace …