For the second straight season, what happens in Buffalo, stays in Buffalo. There will be no vacations in Vegas.
The NHL has begun announcing finalists for postseason awards, with the Calder Trophy nominees kicking off the honor roll today. It's the only category in which the Sabres had an outside chance of producing a finalist. Center Cody Hodgson, acquired from Vancouver at the trade deadline, finished third among first-year players with 19 goals and was fifth with 41 points.
Hodgson, however, failed to finish among the top three vote-getters. New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique, Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have been named this year's finalists for top rookie.
The winner will be announced June 20 at the awards show in Las Vegas.
The NHL will name the finalists for the Selke (top defensive forward) and Lady Byng (skill/sportsmanship) trophies Monday. The trios up for the Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey) and General Manager of the Year will be announced Tuesday, followed by the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) on Wednesday. The Norris Trophy nominees for top defenseman will be named Thursday, with the hopefuls for the Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team) coming next Friday. The finalists for the Jack Adams Award (top head coach) and NHL Foundation Player Award (community service) will close the roll call April 30.
The Professional Hockey Writers' Association, which has 15 members in the Buffalo chapter, votes for the Hart, Calder, Selke, Norris, Lady Byng and Masterton.