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Hart Memorial Trophy - Corey Perry
At Mid-Season, Sidney was already engraved in the trophy, but since he got concussed we have to give it someone else. That man is Corey Perry. We made this decision before the playoffs so Daniel Sedin's playoff play is a non-factor. Perry didn't just put up goals and points, he killed penalties and was a pain in the ass for his opponents to play against. In our mind, Corey Perry is the Most Valuable Player this year.
Vezina Trophy - Tim Thomas
With a 2.00 GAA and single season NHL record .938 save percentage, Timmay Thomas takes this. It was a very good season for goalies, but Thomas flopped his body in front of a lot of pucks and captured our hearts. His road hockey goalie style didn't fail him this season, and having Zdeno Chara in front of you probably didn't hurt either. Can't wait to see his big smile when he picks up this trophy.
All three finalists had tremendous seasons, and each has a solid argument for why they should take home this award. Jeff "Bieber on Ice" Skinner will take home this hardware. He was the rookie scoring leader as an 18-year-old, and impressed everyone with his skill and poise. The youngest player in the NHL proved he belongs - not bad for a figure skater.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Ray Emery
After seeing an Elliotte Friedman piece on Ray Emery's comeback and how he rebounded from his injury, it was a no brainer. He filled in for the vertigo-ridden Jonas Hiller admirably - with no bone in his leg - posting solid numbers that caught everyone by surprise. Say what you want about Emery off-ice, but you can't deny he worked his ass off to get back in the Show.
Jack Adams Award - Dan Bylsma
No Crosby? No Malkin? Staal had another setback? These are all questions Bylsma asked his staff. Without his best players for a majority of the season, Bylsma still pulled the Penguins into the playoffs with an impressive 49 wins. That HBO special probably helped his fanfare too, and the fact that he had to deal with having Matt Cooke on his team.
Frank J. Selke Trophy - Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler will finally take the Selke from Pavel Datsyuk's nifty mittens. Kesler's play defines the term two-way forward and his hard work ethic is shown through his abdominal muscles. Kesler is a coach's dream with statistics like 41 goals, +24, and 65 takeaways, and we think he had this award even if Datsyuk was healthy all season.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Martin St. Louis
St. Louis finished 2nd in points with 99, and only had 12 PIM all season. He had a 62 game streak in which he did not take a single penalty. No accidental high sticks, no hooks, no slashes, no lazy trips. For those that think its a pussy award (cough Alexander Mogilny cough), think about it - you're a better player out of the penalty box and 99 points don't lie.
That's it for our End Of Season Awards. What do you think about our selections?
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