NHL Awards voting tallies
Well, these are numbers that you usually don't see in widespread circulation for whatever reason, but vote the totals for every trophy were available from the media centre and I thought I might as well make them available there.
The only ones I don't have every single vote listed for here are the Selke and the Lady Byng which had 68 and 77 different players receiving votes. I've got those numbers as well, and would be happy to email them to any interested parties.
The trophy voting, in alphabetical order:
I mentioned this during the live blog over at the AOL Fanhouse, but there are some goofy selections down toward the bottom. The right player won in Malkin, but again defencemen get shortchanged — especially given the year Vlasic had this season.
Further down the list, I can't fathom how anyone had Brule (19 points, 79 games), Girardi (only 34 games played) and Harding (just seven games played) making the Top 5 under any configuration.
It's hard to believe, also, that a player like Kopitar can have as good a season as he did and not even slip in as a nominee. A strong rookie field yet again.
It's hard to believe but 17 of the league's 30 teams were represented in the coach of the year voting. The Vigneault/Ruff voting was extremely close, which is fair, although it's nice to see Vigneault win given the toiling he did in junior and the minors between head coaching jobs.
He's been away from his family for a long time, something that shows his extreme dedication to his work.
The insane thing is that a few coaches whose teams didn't make the postseason received votes, namely Quenneville and Maurice (the Murray selection isn't all that nutty given what he accomplished with that ragtag bunch), and one guy who was canned (Julien) had more than a few votes.
Ted Nolan and Randy Carlyle deserved more votes here.
Ah, yes, the Lady Byng. No trophy's votes were more spread out than for this booby prize, and there were some zany names in the lower reaches of the tallies. Miikka Kiprusoff had a third-place vote, Martin Brodeur received one fourth-place vote, while Roberto Luongo and Cam Ward had a fifth-place one apiece.
Goalies for the Byng — there's a new one.
Kyle Wellwood finished 24th with 21 points despite not recording a penalty minute this season, and defencemen not named Lidstrom or Kaberle barely register here (the next highest blueliner is Mark Streit in 32nd).
No goons received votes, although Jarome Iginla's an interesting selection. Maybe if they change the definition of what this award is given out for, more respected "tough guys with class" will win the thing.
I'm afraid we have a problem here. Tom Preissing, Keith Carney and Kevin Bieksa, while all competent defencemen, should never, ever receive votes for the Norris Trophy. Bryan McCabe's presence is also troubling given the season he had, but at least he plays more than Preissing's 15 minutes a night.
The right player, however, won the thing, so who's complaining?
Even Brind'Amour noted in his acceptance press conference that he didn't understand the voting for this one.
It's absolutely all over the place, and on the low end, there are some downright absurd selections. Keith Tkachuk, Dany Heatley, Jaromir Jagr, Alex Radulov and Michael Nylander all receive at least one vote as the league's top defensive forward. Vanek finishes in 14th, despite playing soft minutes and never seeing any time on the penalty kill all season.
Plus minus does not a good defensive forward make.
Pahlsson should have won, and his performance this postseason makes this result look silly. Brind'Amour's a terrific player, but he's not used in a shutdown role and struggled all year at even strength.
This is a tough one for Luongo, and I'm not kidding when I say that the overrepresenation of the New York market among the voters may have been a factor here. Luongo will almost certainly win a Vezina in his career, but this was an incredibly close race, and Brodeur did have an unreal season.
Still, it's hard to believe Luongo goes home empty-handed tonight.
Looking at the votes, this was definitely a two-horse race, with the third-place ballots being scattered among a handful of other worthy candidates. It's nice to see Backstrom recognized here given how well he played late in the season.