More Hardware Possibilities

June 12 could prove to be a very busy night for the Washington Capitals contingent at the NHL’s 2008 Awards Presentation.

Alex Ovechkin, who has already claimed the 2008 Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies, today was named as one of three finalists for the Lester B. Pearson Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. Ovechkin joins Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin as the three finalists.

Ovechkin, Iginla and Malkin were earlier named as finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s most valuable player.

The news of Ovechkin’s nomination came hours after Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau was named as one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success. Caps center Nicklas Backstrom is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded each year to the league’s top rookie.

Ovechkin is the first Capital to win the Ross and Richard Trophies; he would also be the first Washington player to claim the Pearson and the Hart awards. Boudreau is seeking to join Bryan Murray (1984) as the second Caps coach to win the Adams and Backstrom is hoping to follow in Ovechkin’s footsteps as the second Caps player ever to claim the Calder. Ovechkin won the Calder in 2006.

June 12 could mark Washington’s biggest hardware haul in nearly a quarter century. In 1984, the Caps skated off with four of the league’s major awards. Rod Langway won the second of his two consecutive Norris Trophies, Doug Jarvis won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward, goaltenders Al Jensen and Pat Riggin shared the William Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals against, and Murray won the Adams.

The Caps could win as many as half a dozen trophies in Toronto six weeks from now.

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4 Comments on “More Hardware Possibilities”

  1. Mike L Says:

    Alex should come home with all the hardware. He has the Ross, the Richard, and should win the Hart and Pearson. Jarome Iginla should be the two being voted on if there’s any justice.

    If Bruce wins the Adams, then it will be a very close victory over Guy Carbonneau, who did an outstanding job in Montreal. I can’t believe Barry Trotz didn’t get any love for the job he did in Nashville, getting that team to the post-season despite the stories of the team moving to Hamilton, Las Vegas, Kansas City…

    Nick Backstrom… I hope he wins, but if I had to bet on one of the players, I’d bet on Patrick Kane. Not that I wouldn’t rather have Backstrom on the Caps, but Kane had a better year this year, by a hair…(although Backstrom probably has better hair).

    There are two other awards a Cap might have an outside shot at, Quintin Laing could get the Masterton, but I would give it to Jason Blake in Toronto (playing all 82 games despite getting cancer treatment). The other trophy is the King Clancy trophy for humanitarianism… lots of candidates on the Caps, but Olie won it 2 years ago, so it’s unlikely the Caps will win it this year (I can see Alex winning it late in his career…)

  2. Jason Says:

    too bad the one trophy we care about is looking like will go to either detroit pitt or philly….which are also my least 3 favorite teams

  3. Jim Boy Says:

    All this talk of individual awards is for losers, IMHO. There is ONE award that matters and that is the Stanley Cup.

  4. Philly Voice of Reason Says:

    #1 Habs done in 5. Should have been 4.

    Any questions?

    I didn’t think so…

    Sorry Caps fans, but I sense a dynasty in the making here and they’re wearing orange and black.


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