Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Karlsson Wins The Norris, Alfie Wins Clancy
It's always a cliche to say you're flattered just to be nominated but sometimes it's true as well. Most people in the Ottawa media/blogosphere were on the same page for once on this one. Everyone seemed to agree that we had seen Karlsson play enough to determine that he indeed was worthy of the Norris win after what was a very special season that the rest of the league seemed to have a problem acknowledging for some reason.
It was one of those cases where he deserved to win but would likely lose out to someone with a bigger name because many of the writer's voting hadn't watched the young Swede play enough. We were all stunned tonight when he was named the Norris winner in the evening's first award presented by Sens fan turned LA Kings face of the franchise lately Matthew Perry. Congratulations to Erik on the well deserved win. With the award tonight he triggers a bonus in his contract, not that he needs the money after inking that 45.5 million dollar deal yesterday. Quite the 24+ hours for the 22 year old. He's having a solid offseason already and will cap it off with an upcoming wedding for the hatty.
In other news, most Sens fans were happy enough going what they thought was 1 for 3 in the award department tonight when they got a surprise win with Daniel Alfredsson taking home the King Clancy award. The award is given out for the player who best demonstrates leadership and contributions in the community. The award was voted on by the Professional Hockey Writer's Association, so it goes to show you how well Alfie is viewed throughout the league.
Two other former Sens took home awards tonight, with Brian Elliot sharing the Jennings award with Jaroslav Halak and Mike Fisher taking home the the NHL Foundation Award, which is awarded to the player "who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community." I guess they overlooked/forgot that his agency had that whole being gay thing is wrong and he refused to comment/fire them incident.
Evgeni Malkin took the home the Hart as league MVP and took the opportunity to thank Sens dman Sergein Gonchar for all he had done for him. This may have seemed odd to many but I can vouch that they are very close after watching them talk outside the Sens dressing room for an hour after a Sens/Pens game late in the season. Also should be noted that Sens PA announcer Stuntmant Stu was the voice of the NHL Awards.
All in all it was a great night for Ottawa as a whole but man are the NHL Awards tough to watch. They're corny, bad "celebrities" and the players are clearly lacking in the personality department. They need to step it up, then again we've been saying that for years and years now haven't we?
Congratulations to Erik, Alfie and the Paulrus. Thoughts on the Karlsson and Alfie's wins?