• ‘hawks58

    Just 9 Hart Trophy finalists and 3 winners have been from the Western Conference since the lockout, and one of those was Thornton, who had played part of the 05-06 season in Boston. So that’s 30% of the MVP awards going to the Western Conference, with 70% of the Cups being won by the West; and in the East’s 3 wins, it took 7 games with all of the West’s wins coming in 6 games or fewer.

    So, the Western Conference has been far and away the dominant conference since the lockout, yet the MVP keeps coming from the East. And not one Blackhawk has been a finalist since the lockout either, with Toews’ 4th place finish in 12-13 the high water mark.

    We don’t really think about it much because of the Cup wins and all, but it’s hard to believe that Kane and Toews only have one major award between them. Kane won the Calder in 07-08, was a postseason all-star pick in 09-10, and Conn Smythe winner in 12-13. Toews won the Conn Smythe in 09-10, was a 2nd team all-star pick in 12-13, and has the narrow Selke win in 12-13 as the only really major award win between the two.

    • Bob in EP

      I satisfy myself with the thought that Cary Price would trade all of that hardware in a heartbeat for 1 Stanley Cup ring.

      • Jim

        At this point, I’d rather have Crawford as the Hawks goalie also. Crawford wins big games by making great saves when they count.

      • Jim

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    • The_Cheeb

      Most individual awards in team sports are inherently flawed. The MVP especially goes through an endless debate over what defines the award. No team can win the Cup without it’s best player. But a team’s best player will shine just a little more with a weaker supporting cast. Therefore, the recent Western Conference 30% MVP / 70% Cups makes a twisted bit of sense.

  • ‘hawks58

    Also, I agree on Rundblad if the price is right. I think there is still enough offensive upside to take another roll of the dice to see if he can continue to improve his work in his own end.

    His biggest obstacle will be the fact that he’s a right shot and all of the top prospects are as well (TVR, Johns, Paliotta, Pokka). Which means if he is in the top 6, there will only be two lefty shots (Keith/Hjalmarsson) and someone will have to play their off-hand side (and Hjalmarsson will have to play the left side full-time for really the first time in his career). I just don’t see Svedberg beating out Johns, Paliotta, and/or Pokka. The only other lefty shots are Fournier, who just cracked the A at the end of last year, plus Dahlstrom and Forsling, who haven’t played a pro game in North America.

    • Jim

      Rundblad….meh…

  • jhb

    Those two Senators contract extensions hopefully bode really well for the Hawks, I think.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/senators-sign-mark-stone–mika-zibanejad-to-smart-deals-142001658.html

    • GoldenJet

      If that pushes a bridge deal for Saad down into the $3mil range, I’ll wet my pants.

      • jhb

        With those two and Ryan Johansen’s contract ($4M a year) setting the market for players with that offensive output and age range, at least that should put to bed the $5-6M range some people think Saad will get.

  • DJ

    A number of home-and-homes against Eastern opponents…Islanders, Habs (separated by a game in Toronto), Red Wings (separated by a game in Boston), Penguins

  • Jim

    Expecting Sharp trade news today or tomorrow. Any rumors?

    • Cluster_Puck

      I think this goes down to the wire, let’s face it teams are holding leverage on this one as they know Stan must make this move for picks. So it’s like the tickets exchange, the longer teams sit until the start of the draft, the asking price is going to come down.

      • Jim

        Good points. Stan has some leverage in that many teams want Sharp, not just one team. And there are not many guys of Sharp’s caliber out there, plus his 3 Cups experience, which teams do covet.

  • Cluster_Puck

    Coyotes Announce 82 game road schedule!! ~future Onion article I would like to see.

  • DJ

    Stoll is a lucky man:

    http://www.tsn.ca/report-stoll-s-cocaine-possession-charge-dismissed-1.317609

    Best to take advantage of this break. If you have a problem, seek help. Unless that’s an understood part of this deal…

  • The_Cheeb

    A Saad bridge deal, taking him to UFA, would be 4 years, right?. Call me crazy, but I’d be delighted if the Hawks could make the deal 6 years, at the cost of an increase to his cap hit. Year 5 and 6, he could be the steal of the NHL. It’s a risk, not sure if Saad would even do it, but I wonder if the Hawks would.