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Sabres' Vanek has third-best odds to be named MVP

By John Vogl

Aside from Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, no one has better odds than Thomas Vanek to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.

The oddsmakers at have the Sabres' leading scorer at 11-2 to win the coveted trophy with about 20 percent of the season gone. Pittsburgh's Crosby and Tampa Bay's Stamkos lead the field at 4-1.

Here are the rest of the odds, plus those for top goaltender and coach, along with our usual disclaimer: Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on concerts, women and whiskey.

Who will win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                   4/1
Steven Stamkos (TB)                 4/1
Thomas Vanek (BUF)                 11/2
Patrick Marleau (SJ)                   6/1
Evgeni Malkin (PIT)                    13/2
Craig Anderson (OTT)                 13/2
Carey Price (MON)                     10/1
Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                 15/1
Marian Hossa (CHI)                    20/1
Corey Crawford (CHI)                  25/1

Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL’s top goaltender?                     

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)               4/1
Jonathan Quick (LA)                   5/1
Craig Anderson (OTT)                 5/1
Carey Price (MON)                     11/2
Corey Crawford (CHI)                  7/1
Roberto Luongo (VAN)                7/1
Antti Niemi (SJ)                         10/1
Martin Brodeur (NJ)                    10/1
Jaroslav Halak (STL)                   10/1

Who will win the Jack Adams Award for being the NHL’s top head coach? 

Joel Quenneville (CHI)                 7/2

Todd McLellan (SJ)                    7/2

Guy Boucher (TB)                      4/1

Michel Therrien (MON)                9/2

Bruce Boudreau (ANA)               5/1

Claude Julien (BOS)                   13/2

Peter DeBoer (NJ)                      12/1

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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