Corey Perry named MVP
Many called it a surprise, but they can’t say Corey Perry didn’t deserve the Hart Trophy. Perry’s dream season became even dreamier when his name was called as the winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. A scoring explosion down the stretch helped Perry reach the 50-goal plateau and earned him a nomination for the Hart, but Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin was favoured to take home the hardware on awards night – alas Perry won a tightly contested vote by just 83 points, 1043-960.
Perry finished the season with 50-goals and 98-points, while skating on one of hockey’s best lines along with Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. He was a major factor in the Anaheim Ducks turning their season around after a terrible start, all while Getzlaf was on the shelf with a facial injury. The only forward in the NHL to average more minutes per night than Perry was New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk, and the Ducks winger also finished the season third in even-strength minutes among forwards. The Ducks relied on Perry in all situations, he averaged 3:30 minutes per game on the power play and 1:38 shorthanded minutes as well – and lined up for 53% of draws he was on the ice for outside of the offensive zone.
Some analysts may take a more in-depth look and point out that Perry’s Corsi totals were lower than both Getzlaf and Ryan’s while skating against similar competition all season, or that Ryan actually had a better Points/60-minutes rating (Ryan 2.54 – Perry 2.48) – but Perry’s offensive totals and the versatility he displayed in 2010-11 were a cut above his teammates.
Here’s Perry accepting the award:
Best and Worst of the NHL Awards
Ryan Lambert with an impressively fair recap of Wednesday’s awards show at Puck Daddy, in which the evening’s entertainment and red carpet crap receives most of the roasting. Seriously, the ‘Ryan vs. Ryan: Part Deux’ was a crowning achievement in awfulness. Hot Shots! Part Deux it wasn’t.
On Ryan Smyth to Edmonton scuttlebutt
Benjamin Massey at The Copper & Blue would like to see Steve Tambellini get something done with Ryan Smyth, for obvious reasons:
For the love of the hockey gods, the guy reportedly requested a trade to Edmonton. I’m not sure we fully appreciate this. Apparently Ryan Smyth sat in Los Angeles with a good playoff team that has an outside chance at making some noise in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sitting in the beautiful California summer, he looked north to a city he knows well, assuming he could see the city through the cloud of mosquitos tormenting its residents. He would see a team that’s finished dead last in the NHL two years running, that’s selling tickets based on a promised “rebuild” that’s so far produced nothing but wasted entry-level contracts, serious injuries, and a bunch of loathsome, overpaid old men bolstered by the thinnest streaks of real but overwhelmed character. And he said “yes, I want that”.
Landeskog’s junior coach/GM talks kid’s future
Via The Good Point:
“If I was a betting man, I’d like to think that he’ll go No. 2 to Colorado,” said Landeskog’s general manager/head coach for the Kitchener Rangers, Steve Spott told The Good Point on June 22.
“I had a scout tell me he’s been interviewing players for 14 years and the best interview he’s ever had is Gabriel Landeskog,” Spott said. “He’s confident but he’s not cocky — I think there’s a line there — and he doesn’t cross over it.”
Bieksa, Ehrhoff lead list of Canucks headed to unrestricted free agency
The Vancouver Canucks have 11 players set to become free agents, The White Towel makes a case for retaining Bieksa and wonders if Ehrhoff would be willing to take less money to stay in Vancouver.
Blues re-sign Crombeen
The St. Louis Blues have inked B.J. Crombeen to a new two-year deal.
Tim Thomas caps season with the Vezina, mustache