Monday, June 16, 2008

Unsolved Mysteries: The NHL Awards
Who voted for Jassen Cullimore?

The plot thickens on the zany Norris Trophy voting I talked about last week.

When you have a scenario like Panthers defenceman Jassen Cullimore receiving a vote as the fifth-best defenceman in the NHL, the obvious answer is that it was a homer vote, someone who works the beat in Florida and feels there's an unheralded gem on that team's second pairing.

That, however, doesn't appear to be the case.

George Richards of the Miami Herald, who runs the web's one and only Panthers blog at On Frozen Pond, sent me an email over the weekend to say that (a) he's the only PHWA voter in South Florida, and (b) it wasn't him.

There were 134 votes cast for the Norris, one of which was Richards's, and there was likely also a hearty contingent of voters from Canadian cities. Cullimore's from Simcoe, Ont., and has played for Vancouver, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

I can't for the life of me explain this one. If only Robert Stack was still around...

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At 7:44 p.m., June 16, 2008, Blogger inspired.stupidity said...

Redden should have received zero votes. Phillips is 9999999 times the defenseman that he is.

At 8:47 p.m., June 16, 2008, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Cullimore did have a pretty good season (for him) but clearly, he should not have received any votes. Whoever voted for him should permanently have their vote revoked.

George Richards of the Miami Herald, who runs the web's one and only Panthers blog at On Frozen Pond

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At 9:45 p.m., June 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world of democracy.

There's always gonna be someone who decides to piss away his vote just for the fun of it.

At 10:10 p.m., June 16, 2008, Blogger Delicious said...

There's only one Panthers blog? That in itself should be a reason to fold the team. I don't know why everyone gives Nashville grief in the face of evidence like this.

At 10:22 p.m., June 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's a writer from Cullimore's hometown? Still sad that someone would waste their vote. Then again, it was kind of a given that Lidstrom would win it...

At 12:23 a.m., June 17, 2008, Blogger d-lee said...

There's probably literally ones of other Panthers blogs out there. I know of at least one.

At 12:45 p.m., June 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't that same guy in Florida decide Bush vs. Gore vote?

At 7:05 p.m., June 17, 2008, Blogger Hawerchuk said...

d-lee -> appears to only be AP wire stories and hasn't been updated since March 17. I don't think that qualifies as a blog.


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