Well, dear readers, the NHL Awards ballot has been cast. Finally, and phew! This was easily the most challenging vote of my tenure as part of the Penguins beat. As always, I will wait until all the finalists are announced to release my ballot – so you have a few days to wait to make fun of me.
= Don’t make fun of Josh Yohe, who has a newsy notebook that starts with a bang. Sidney Crosby is suggesting that he’ll play in Game 1 IF he gets clearance from doctors:
= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic has a program on Trib Radio every Tuesday, and Jarome Iginla will be his guest this week. Check out The Dejan Kovacevic Show here:
= And, finally, a piece I really enjoyed putting together on Marc-Andre Fleury – a new dad with some new perspective heading into a possible Redemption Song playoff with the Penguins:
That is all for this early AM post.
Check the web site for all news from what could be a newsy day on Tuesday.
Oh, by the way, since the playoffs are set to begin…
East: Penguins in 5; Senators in 6; Capitals in 7; Maple Leafs in 6.
West: Blackhawks in 4; Red Wings in 7; Canucks in 7; Blues in 6.
And, while I’m at it:
Stanley Cup Final: Penguins over Canucks in 6
Conn Smythe: Kris Letang, Penguins