G'day Wilderness! Today is such a great day, as yesterday, the NHL announced the winners of the Selke, Lady Byng, Clancy, Masterton, Richard, and Ross trophies, as well as the Jack Adams award, general manager of the year, NHL Player Foundation award, and the Messier Leadership award. Not to everyone's surprise, Josh Harding won the Masterton, and man, did he deserve it. I'm pretty happy that Harding won the Masterton, but If these leaked reports of Subban supposedly winning the Norris were actually wrong, and Suter ends up winning it, I will be an even happier Wild fan. The rest of the awards will be announced tonight at 7/6 central on the NBC Sports Network, followed by game 2 of the Blackhawks-Bruins SCF series at 8/7 central, also on the NBC Sports Network. With all this out of the way, let's get Walking.
Goaltender Josh Harding becomes Wild's first Masterton trophy winner | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - He truly deserved it. Seeing him be willing enough to take over as the starting goalie after an unfortunate injury to Backstrom during the warmups of their first playoff game (despite the fact that he has MS) is just impressive. Harding was the first Wild player to ever win the Masterton trophy.
Could the Minnesota Wild Draft USA Hockey Goalie of the Year Charlie Lindgren? - Gone Puck Wild - I wouldn't be surprised if this happens. Just take a look at this netminder's stats, and you will be amazed.
Off the Trail
Chicago Blackhawks attract serious and casual fans | The Seattle Times - And a lot of bandwagon fans too... (not you though Emilie; I know you're a true fan of both the Hawks and the Wild)
AP Source: ‘Framework’ in place for Phoenix Coyotes lease - azcentral.com - Just move them to Seattle already! How many times do I have to say that hockey and the desert don't go together?
Toews wins Selke Award for best defensive forward - TribToday.com - Not surprised. Toews (as well as almost everyone else who plays for the Blackhawks) are just absolute beasts of players.
Bruins’ Seguin looking to end scoring drought - Me and Eric would love for this to happen. I wouldn't be surprised if we have to hear "Chelsea Dagger" many more times before the end of this series though. After this is over, every time I hear "Chelsea Dagger" come on anywhere, I won't be able to not think "Blackhawks goal song". Ugh. I don't mind the song, but every time I hear it after they score a goal, it just makes me despise the Hawks that much more.