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Johnson, MacKinnon, Palat named Calder finalists

Two Tampa Bay Lightning rookies are recognized for their outstanding seasons.

Who Deserves the Calder Trophy? A Comparison of Forwards

The PHWA picked the three highest-scoring rookie forwards as their finalists. Was that the right decision?

NHL Awards Voting, The PHWA & Transparency (Or Lack Thereof)

The NHL awards voters produced some fishy results. It's time for the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL to bring some transparency to the voting process for the NHL awards.

Newsday's Staple Did Vote On Season Awards

This is his ballot, choices, and an explanation of why he chose to vote despite the boycott by the local chapters of the PHWA. My personal opinion is that he chose the professional course in this matter. Who knows if the outcome would have been different if he was present for the vote, but I would bet that he received some pressure from his brethren. Kudos Mr. Staple.

NJ PHWA Boycotts NHL Award Voting in Protest

This is more insider stuff than anything else, but it's worth mentioning. Tom Gulitti posted at Fire & Ice why the NJ PHWA has withdrew their votes for the NHL awards. This is because the Islanders pulled Chris Botta's credentials during the season without any explanation from either the team, the NHL, or the PHWA, who did nothing about this at the national level. As Gulitti explains, it's a horrible precedent and could lead to other teams doing so. Hopefully, the PHWA at least gets the message. Good on the NJ, NY, and Long Island chapters to stand up for themselves.

The League of Extraordinary Statisticians: The Awards

The League of Extraordinary Statisticians, in response to an interesting Fan Post, look critically at the NHL Awards process and gives some suggestions.

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