Fleury wins Vezina, Tkachuk trade refusal, contract flow

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It was absolutely impossible not to have a few feelings when 36-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury won his first Vezina Trophy on Tuesday night. The smiling young man has endured a few snubs over the years, including his first year at Vegas, and had never been a finalist before. Two notable deals were signed on Tuesday, starting with a team-friendly deal for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and we have estimated the next deal with Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The news flew fast and furious.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: We put together a panel of seasoned NHL writers (who also happen to work for the National Hockey Now network) and made our own calculations. What will the Pittsburgh Penguins have to pay to Evgeni Malkin next summer? And could there be complications signing Malkin? Yes…

We had a lot of chatter from message boards about it. Our panelists surprised me.

The NHL Awards: Sidney Crosby missed the Ted Lindsay Award and finished fourth in the Hart race. And Kris Letang also got a surprising first place at the Norris. Summary of the Penguin Prize.

Vegas: Also – Fleury! Fleury! Fleury! Marc-Andre Fleury won the Vezina Trophy. In the end.

San Jose: Sheng Peng was one of the selected writers to vote on the NHL Awards. This is an honor and deserves! Sheng published his ballot and his reasons for doing so. You will like some … you will not like others.

Colorado: Cale Makar won the Norris Trophy voting!

NHL Trade Chatter, NHL News & National Hockey Now Network …

Sportsnet: In Elliotte Friedman’s extensive 31 thoughts, the Calgary Flames issued a strong denial that Mathew Tkachuk wanted to leave Calgary.

Leafs Nation: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Wayne Simmonds on a two-year deal for just $ 900,000 per season. Why that makes sense to the Leafs.

Edmonton Sun: It’s a team-friendly deal, but everyone came together to keep Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out of the market and in Edmonton.

NYI: The pain of losing to Tampa Bay in the NHL semifinals is still fresh, but the off-season is short. How will the draft expansion, free representation and a salary cap affect (read: harm) the New York Islanders?

Also good news for Pittsburgh Penguins fans: Our guys in New York think Jordan Eberle might come into contact with Seattle in the expansion draft.

Detroit: How Bad Are the Detroit Red Wings? Bob Duff put the numbers together – WOW. They are the worst Red Wings … EVER.

Boston: The Bruins have also received a number of awards; there were solid placements for Charlie McAvoy and Brad Marchand.

Florida: The Florida Panthers have added a new coach who used to play with a bit of courage: Tuomo Ruutu.

And I saved this for the marquee site because I KNOW Penguins fans will want to read it. Daniel Sprong made a big impression on the Washington Capitals.

Washington: For the Capitals, why Daniel Sprong could be a key piece of the puzzle. Enjoy!



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