Posts Tagged ‘ Stanley Cup ’
Every year the National Hockey League has its typical occurrences. Detroit has the best record in the league despite forming their team from the local retirement home. Garth Snow’s New York Islanders are bottoming out. Sidney Crosby leads the league in points, and the Leafs give away 12 goal leads in the dying seconds of a hockey game. What often goes unmerited are the players/teams who weren’t expected to do more than coast throughout the regular season. These surprising efforts surface due to hard work, determination, and the will to show up game after game; something fans of the Phoenix Coyotes have yet to learn. Below are ten surprises from the opening 25 games of the 10/11 NHL regular season:
Today’s salary cap ridden NHL forces general managers into a success trap. The better your team performs, the more you’ll pay for it later, literally. The 09/10 Stanley Cup winners present a perfect example, as Stan Bowman suddenly found himself with a championship team full of young stars waiting for pay raises. Even with the salary cap to be raised from $56.8 million to $59.4 million, Bowman was forced to pull off several strategic manoeuvres in trading some of his pivotal players while maintaining Chicago’s proven core of budding superstars. The Blackhawks, barely managing to stay under the cap, lost several young guns which other teams benefited from. Here’s a look at how the former Blackhawk’s have performed on their new NHL teams, and how Chicago has performed under the circumstances in the 2010 – 11 season.
The Lou Marsh Trophy, awarded annually to Canada’s top athlete, may be in for a bit of a horse race this year. After Toronto born Joey Votto was granted the 2010 N.L. M.V.P. Monday, competition stiffened enormously.
Votto’s opponent? Chicago Blackhawk’s star captain Jonathan Toews. While garnering one of baseball’s two MVP awards was no easy feat for Votto, being awarded Best Forward at the Vancouver Olympics, Conn Smythe in the 2010 NHL finals, and leading a team to the Stanley Cup was definitely not a walk in the park for Toews either.
So when voting begins in December, how will the panellists decide which star studded athlete is more deserved of the coveted award? Lets break down the statistics between the two athletes. Continue reading