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Polls: Who should win the NHL's major awards?

By John Vogl

One of the few major awards that can top a leg lamp is the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. The finalists for that, and the other big prizes, are in. Take your pick as to who should take home the trophies June 24 in Las Vegas.

The Professional Hockey Writers' Association votes on the Hart, Calder, Norris, Lady Byng, Selke and Masterton. Broadcasters vote for the Jack Adams. General managers vote for the Vezina. The voting is done after the regular season and before the playoffs.

Penguins' Crosby heads list on NHL awards ballot

By John Vogl

The ballots for the NHL's top awards are due today. Most awards are voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and it has encouraged its members to publish their votes. So, here you go.

HART TROPHY ("to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team")

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado
Jamie Benn, Dallas
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

NORRIS TROPHY ("to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position")

Shea Weber, Nashville
Zdeno Chara, Boston
Ryan Suter, Minnesota
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles
Duncan Keith, Chicago

CALDER TROPHY ("to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition")

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay
Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg
Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay
Frederik Andersen, Anaheim

LADY BYNG TROPHY ("to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability")

Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado
Patrice Bergeron, Boston
Patrick Marleau, San Jose
Jason Pominville, Minnesota
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

SELKE TROPHY ("to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game")

Patrice Bergeron, Boston
Jonathan Toews, Chicago
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles
Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado
Joe Thornton, San Jose

NHL set to begin handing out awards today, will finish Saturday

By John Vogl

One of the casualties of the lockout was the NHL Awards Show, so the league will hand out the hardware over the course of two days. It'll start today.

The NHL will announce the winners of the Bill Masterton Memorial, Frank J. Selke, King Clancy and Lady Byng trophies, and the Jack Adams, Mark Messier NHL Leadership, NHL Foundation Player and General Manager of the Year awards at 5 p.m. on NHL Network and

The Hart Memorial, Calder Memorial, James Norris Memorial and Vezina trophies, along with the Ted Lindsay Award, will be revealed at 7 p.m. Saturday on NBC Sports Network and CBC.

The finalists:

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Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares finalists for MVP; NHL close on committing to Olympics

By John Vogl

Archrivals Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are in another showdown. This time, John Tavares has joined as the third man in.

The NHL announced the three finalists for the Hart Trophy this morning, and the MVP candidates are Pittsburgh's Crosby, Washington's Ovechkin and the Islanders' Tavares. Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of the regular season, and the winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals.

(For the record, the top three on the five-man ballot submitted by me, in order, were Ovechkin, Crosby, Tavares.)

After all three conclude the playoffs and the MVP race, they can start getting ready for the 2014 Olympics.

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Foreign legion: Three Europeans voted as Vezina finalists

By John Vogl

The NHL has announced the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, and for the first time all three goaltenders are from Europe.

The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), San Jose's Antti Niemi (Finland) and Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky (Russia) are in the running to be named top goalie, as voted on by the league's general managers.

Bobrovsky is the favorite after leading the surprising Blue Jackets to the cusp of the playoffs. He was 21-11-6 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He'd become the first Russian to win the award.

Lundqvist won last year and is a finalist for the fifth time.

The first European Vezina winner was Philadelphia's Pelle Lindbergh (Sweden) in 1985. Dominik Hasek (Czech Republic) has won the most with six.

NHL announces three finalists for Rookie of the Year

By John Vogl

NHL awards season has begun.

The league has announced the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given annually to the Rookie of the Year. The three candidates are Brendan Gallagher of Montreal, Jonathan Huberdeau of Florida and Brandon Saad of Chicago.

Voting, done by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, has already been completed. (For the record, Gallagher was the top choice on my ballot.) The winners of all the awards will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals. The league's annual award show got axed because of the lockout but will return to Las Vegas next season.

The Sabres are expected to get shut out of the award process for the third straight season. In 2010, Ryan Miller won the Vezina Trophy and the Foundation Player Award, and Tyler Myers won the Calder.

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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