Kucherov, Vasilevskiy win major awards in NHL

by Gary Shelton on June 20, 2019 · 4 comments

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Kucherov dominated the NHL awards./CARMEN MANDATO

Thursday, 3 a.m.

During their longest, most bitter off-season, members of the Tampa Bay Lightning will have some polishing to do.

It might feel empty, but when the  NHL announced their season winners  their major awards Wednesday night, there was plenty of Lightning representation.  It won't make the season more memorable, but it is at least something.

-- Nikita Kucherov won the Hart Trophy (MVP),  the Ross (leading scorer) and the Ted Lindsay (NHLPA MVP). Kucherov took 164 of 171 first place votes. Other Lightning players in the MVP voting included Steven Stamkos (14th), Brayden Point (21st) and Andre Vasilevskiy (tied for 22nd).

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Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy./STEVEN MUNCIE

-- Andre Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy (goaltender) by getting 28 of the 31 first-place votes. Former Lightning player Ben Bishop finished second.

-- Lightning coach Jon Cooper finished second in the Jack Adams award to winner Barry Trotz of the Islanders.

--Victor Hedman finished third in the Norris Award (best defenseman).

-- Anthony Cerilli was fifth in the Calder Award (best rookie).

-- Point was ninth in the Selke Award (best defensive forward).

 

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Richard Kinning June 26, 2019 at 8:08 pm

Bitter sweet after this year. They deserved the awards.

My big question for the Bolts is will they be able to keep Point and Ernie? Both are excellent young players, too good to lose.

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Gary Shelton June 26, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Point, to me, is the first priority. They have other players who can make you not miss Erne (I do like him). But Point is a star.

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Richard July 16, 2019 at 8:28 am

Is there any news or rumors on the Brayden Point front? Training camp is not that far away and it would be a shame to let a star like that walk away and get nothing for him.

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Gary Shelton July 16, 2019 at 8:42 am

Nothing official, but no one really seems worried. I did read that Point turned down an offer sheet from Montreal, which would hint that he and his agent think things will get done. You know Vinik will do his part. I can’t see hi leaving.

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