And the winner is...
The 2007-08 NHL Awards
After seven days without hockey on television, it's awards day for the NHL. Unless otherwise noted, the PHWA votes on the trophies.
Here's a quick run through:
Nominees: Martin Brodeur, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabokov
Who will win: Brodeur
Who should win: Brodeur. Another stellar season — and certainly one with better numbers than the other nominees.
The 30 NHL GMs vote on this one
Nominees: Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf
Who will win: Lidstrom
Who should win: A no-brainer here. Chara had a great bounce-back season, and certainly deserves a nomination, but Lidstrom ran away with this award yet again. Another remarkable regular season at age 37.
Nominees: Nicklas Backstrom, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
Who will win: A tough call, but I think sleight 19-year-old Kane takes it.
Who should win: Kane. It's very close between all three, but Kane did produce more goals and points than Backstrom while playing on a weaker Chicago team.
Lady Byng Trophy
Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Pominville, Martin St. Louis
Who will win: Datsyuk
Who should win: A defenceman, at some point.
Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, John Madden, Henrik Zetterberg
Who will win: Datsyuk
Who should win: Patrick Sharp, as per my work done here. Zetterberg would be my second choice.
Nominees: Jarome Iginla, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin
Who will win: Ovechkin
Who should win: I'm actually curious to see how many first-place votes don't go to Ovechkin, who dominated the league in so many ways this season that this should be a landslide win.
Jack Adams Award
Nominees: Mike Babcock, Bruce Boudreau, Guy Carbonneau
Who will win: Another one that's very close, but I think the sentimental choice, Boudreau, wins.
Who should win: Babcock. I think it's high time coaches aren't penalized for having decent rosters to work with.
NHL broadcasters vote on this one
Nominees: Jason Blake, Chris Chelios, Fernando Pisani
Who will win: Pisani
Who should win: No one's picking him for a variety of reasons, but I think Chelios's incredible dedication to hockey is the only reason he's able to play at this level at age 46. (Comment rescinded if this has become award only for the injured or infirm.)
Sean Leahy has the tallies of the Blogger Awards, which I apparently voted on at some point. Hopefully my choices there were the same as those outlined here.
I'll be discussing my picks, talking with a few guests and taking questions at FanHouse on Thursday afternoon in the lead up to the night's big gala in Toronto: