The NHL gives away it’s major awards tonight in Las Vegas, and I thought I’d toss up some notes in case you are the sort that ignores the off-season until training camp.
The first name you need to listen for is Ryan Miller. He is a Vezina finalist, against Brodeur and Bryzgalov. He has a great look at winning this, especially with the crest of popularity he has from the Olympics here in the US. Miller is also a top contender for the Messier Leadership award, where he’s up against Sidney Crosby and Shane Doan.
Miller is also up for the NHL Foundation Award, which, well:
is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player “who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community”.
That’s definitely our man, what with his creation of the Steadfast Foundation and work with other charities. Mike Green and Dustin Brown are also candidates.
Perhaps the most interesting award for Sabres fans this year is the Calder trophy, with Tyler Myers up against Matt Duchene of the Avs and Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings. There are good arguments for all of them, and I’m not honestly sure I could be unbiased about this one. I think Tyler Myers did more for his team this year, as he basically allowed Buffalo to play the game differently, he came up huge offensively, was huge (heh) in his own zone as well, and soaked up a ton of minutes. Jimmy Howard could steal this, though, with the ‘goalie is a harder position’ argument.