An interesting story is emerging north of the border surrounding 2007 fifth-round draft pick Brett Morrison. Apparently, the QMJHL is withholding the education reimbursement Morrison believes he is owed under league rules, for the four years he spent in juniors.
In case you missed it on NHL Live earlier today, Bob Murray spoke for about five minutes on a handful of topics.
I found it: A real-time NHL draft countdown.
Until then, you can throw out the window any draft projections that have the Ducks leaning one way or another, as their selection is sure to depend on whether a certain Hall of Fame defenseman is expected back or not.
The Ducks head into next Friday’s draft, and the July 1 free-agency deadline, with a plethora of defenseman. Since one of them is Chris Pronger, he has been the subject of trade speculation in recent weeks.
For the casual fan, nothing Earth-shattering was born out of Friday’s NHL Players’ Association meetings. The Stanley Cup Finals went the distance and produced some solid TV ratings; an Arizona bankruptcy judge made sure no franchises are moving cities; in short, the league is doing well.
Here are the final results for every award handed out today, 1 through 3, all in one place, with my votes thrown in for purposes of humility.
Adjudging who gets an invitation to Las Vegas and who doesn’t is hardly fair. The NHL has known for months who would win each of the awards that were presented tonight. Yet only the top three were announced as finalists and invited to enjoy the ceremony in person (and, you know, the rest of Las Vegas). Why not the top four? Top five, maybe?
After accepting the Calder Trophy, Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Steve Mason congratulated Bobby Ryan and Kris Versteeg “on their tremendous seasons.” It’s an expected loss for Ryan, who went so far as to bet on Mason earlier today at the Palms.
Let the record show thatRyan said he planned to thank linemate Ryan Getzlaf if he won. The top 10:
Ryan said that he began a second straight summer of off-season conditioning (read: punishment) last week with the Ducks’ strength and conditioning guru, Sean Skahan.