Elimination of Florey, Crosby Heart, Golden Knights Awards

The first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs is drawing to a close. So far, two teams have been eliminated. The Colorado Avalanche wasted eight days of Nashville Predators time, and on Thursday night, the Minnesota Wild was wiped out, too.

On Saturday there will be three games in seven and I, like many other hockey fans around the world, will be glued to TV all day. Celebrations begin at 1:30 between the Bruins and the Hurricanes, continue at 4:00 pm between Maple Leafs and Lightning, and close at 7:00 with Oilers/Kings.

Minnesota: Wild’s head coach Dean Evason made a bold move Thursday night, starting Cam Talbot at the expense of former gold jockey Marc-Andre Fleury in the elimination match. Things did not go as planned, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Wild 5-1 and took the series in six games.

Colorado: This means that the Blues and Avalanche will meet in the second round of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby took a big hit from Jacob Tropa Wednesday night in New York. He missed the rest of the game and wasn’t on the ice for Friday morning skating. Tristan was my neighbor.

Washington: Tom Wilson is making progress, but will not return to the Washington Capitals for Game Six as they face elimination from the Florida Panthers.

Vancouver: Bruce Boudreau status update in Vancouver.

Golden Knights news, NHL awards and Chatter Offseason

NHL Awards: The NHL was slowly revealing the nominees for the major awards in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Golden Knights are not nominated for any awards (yet).

So far here are the major NHL awards nominees/winners.

  • Art Ross – (most points in regular season) – won by Conor McDavid
  • Maurice Richard (most goals in regular season) – won by Austin Matthews
  • William Jennings (Goalie Tandem with least % value added) – won by Antti Raanta and Frederik Andersen
  • Hart Trophy (MVP) – Auston Matthews, Conor McDavid, Igor Shesterkin
  • Norris Cup (Highest Defense) – Victor Hedman, Roman José, Cal Makar
  • Vezina Cup (top goalkeeper) – Igor Shesterkin, Gus Sarros, Jacob Markstrom
  • Calder Cup (Best Junior) – Trevor Zegras, Moritz Ceder, Michael Banting
  • Ted Lindsey (most featured) – Auston Matthews, Conor McDavid, Roman Josie
  • Bill Masterton (Dedication to hockey) – TBD (5/16)
  • Frank J. Silk (Highest Defensive Striker) – TBD 5/17
  • Lady Bing (Most Noble Player) – TBD 5/18
  • Jack Adams (Top Coach) – TBD 5/19
  • King Clancy (Humanity) – TBD 5/20
  • Jim Gregory (Senior General Manager) – To be announced
  • Marc Messier (leadership) – to be announced

In truth, I can’t defend any of these awards for Golden Knights. Mark Stone faltered during a season and wasn’t himself, which knocked him out of the race for the Silk Cup.

Jack Eichel is a Golden Knights Masterton Nominee, but he will be defeated by men like Carey Price, Kevin Hayes, Brian Boyle and Ryan Getzlaf.

Vegas: An updated look at the Offseason calendar for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Next off the season is the World Championships in Finland where three members of Team Canada’s Golden Knights – Nicholas Roy, Zach Whitecloud and Logan Thompson – will play.

Here’s an idiot story for you Friday – every Golden Knights emoji explained.

VHN: Miss any story this season, we’ve got you covered with Vegas Hockey Now.

Five seasons later, Jonathan Marchesault still leads the Golden Knights in every major stat class ever.

Draft Lottery: The Golden Knights will give the Buffalo Sabers a 16th overall pick in the 2022 draft as part of the Jack Eichel deal.

The head of hockey operations, George McPhee, revealed that Eshel played the final weeks of the regular season with a broken finger.

There are a lot of questions that the management of McPhee, Kelly McCrimmon and the Golden Knights will have to answer this one out of season. What are they going to do with Pete Debor?

Who are the players who won’t be back next season for VGK?

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