Rick Nash Front Runners
One of the leading contenders in the Rick Nash sweepstakes looks to be the Philadelphia Flyers.
The rumored offer is James Van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier, Sergei Bobrovsky and possibly the Flyers first round pick. That would meet Columbus needs and then some!
The Ottawa Senators kicked the tires and could offer a package involving some attractive young assets such as Robin Lehner or Mika Zibanejad along with other assets such as Milan Michalek, Stephane Da Costa, Bobby Butler and their first round pick. Given the size of contract handed out to Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson the Sens may not have the appetite for Nash's $7.8 million cap hit.
Ryan is back on the trade market after having a brief taste of the trade rumor mill earlier in the season. Ryan and then Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle were allegedly at odds. The Toronto Maple Leafs were front and center in the Ryan trade rumors and will be again. Is the fact the Randy Carlyle is the current Leafs Coach a road block in Ryan to Toronto trade scenario?
And the winners are...
Evgeni Malkin was the big winner claiming the Hart Trophy and the Lindsay as MVP
Erik Karlsson won his first of what will be many Norris Trophies.
Henrik Lundqvist was nominated for several awards and won his first Vezina.
Gabriel Landeskog made the NHL out of his draft year and won the Calder Trophy
Patrice Bergeron beat out Pavel Datsyuk for the Selke Trophy
Brian Campbell received the Lady Byng award.
Max Pacioretty scored the Masterton award with an assist from Zdeno Chara
Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues won the GM of the year and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was the winner of the Jack Adams.
Claude Giroux was also the winner of the EA Sports NHL 13 cover contest.
CHL Import Draft
An interesting side bar this weekend is the fact that this years NHL entry draft is heavy in European talent. Players such as Sweden's Filip Forsberg, Pontus Allberg and Sebastian Collberg, all forwards. Tomas Hertl of Slovakia and Teuvo Teravainen of Finland are also highly regarded prospects.
The most talked about defencemen are Hampus Lindholm of Sweden and Ville Pokka of Finland. The higher ranked goaltenders are Russia's
Andrei Vasilevski, Oscar Dansk of Sweden and Jovnas Korpisalo of
Finland. The CHL import draft is less than a week away and CHL General Managers and staff such as Kingston Frontenacs GM Doug Gilmour, Head Coach Todd Gill and Assistant Darren Keily will be at the NHL draft in Pittsburgh getting a feel for which European players plan on staying in Europe, and who hopes to play next season in North America. The Frontenacs hold the sixth overall selection and are hopeful they can acquire an impact player.
For the draft order of round one, click here.
Martin Brodeur and Teemu Selanne have announced they will return, and Nicklas Lidstrom has retired, but Sens Captain Daniel Alfredsson is still undecided. Alfredsson has suffered a throat virus that has interrupted his off season work out schedule that will play a major factor in if he feels he is going to return, or retire. "I believe in a few weeks, I'll be there," he said. "I don't know if subconsciously I just tried to push the decision or not, but as of right now, I can't say I'm leaning one way or the other."
At the NHL awards last night Alfredsson was the recipient of the King Clancy Award. The award is presented annually to the player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.
A must watch Alfredsson tribute video.
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