ESPN.com has a mid-season awards poll that seems to be missing some of the most important candidates for a couple of the awards.
1. Vezina: Fernandez, Hasek, Legace, Lundqvist, Turco and Vokoun are all there. But whre is Kipprusoff? He has 22 wins, 2 more than any other goalie. He has 6 shutouts, 3 more than any other goalie. And he has the 5th best goals against average. He has to be on the list.
2. Calder: Their rookie of the year list contains Crosby, Ovechkin, Phaneuf, Prucha, Svatos and Vanek. All excellent choices. But why not Lundqvist who was good enough to be up for the best goalie, but not the best rookie. Makes no sense to me.
3. Jack Adams: Coaches Babcock, Hitchcock, Murray (Kings), Murray (Senators), Renney, Ruff and Trotz are all nominated, but no Laviolette. If Laviolette doesn’t deserve consideration for what he has done in Carolina, I don’t know who does.
4. The comeback player of the year list contains only Heatley, Jagr and Modano. What has Jagr come back from? A bout of laziness? How about guys who have truly come back from injuries like Jason Allison or Dominik Hasek.
ESPN obviously didn’t put a whole lot of thought into coming up with nominee lists. Now I know why I so rarely read ESPN.com now.