Morning Skate: Wednesday, October 5

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, October 5

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

Here are some always interesting odds from the fun-loving gambling folks at bodog.com about the NHL Awards with some interesting trends when it comes to Bruins players.

First of all Alex Ovechkin is the 4-to-1 favorite to win the Hart Trophy, and there isnt a single Bruins player listed among the favorites to nab the NHLs version of the MVP trophy. Any goaltender is listed at 112 odds and any defensemen sits at 30-to-1 odds to win the trophy.

Most interesting of all: Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is a 5-to-1 favorite to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time in three years, and oust Tim Thomas as the best goaltender in the land. It appears that Vegas is just as in love with the Sabres as the rest of the NHL as the trendy pick to emerge out of the Eastern Conference this season with new ownership and suddenly deep pockets. Thomas, by the way, is 7-to-1 odds to repeat as the Vezina Trophy champ for two years in a row.

Zdeno Chara is also the runner up favorite to win the Norris Trophy at 9-to-2 odds with Nashville Predators defensemen Shea Weber listed as the favorite to win best defensemen at 4-to-1 odds. Interestingly Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban is listed among the favorites at 20-to-1 odds.

David Krejci was the only Bruins player to be mentioned among the favorites for the Art Ross Trophy, and is 55-to-1 odds to lead the entire NHL in points this season.

Here is the full list courtesy of bodog.com with the morning links listed afterward:

Who will win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHLs Most Valuable Player?
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 41
Steven Stamkos (TB) 112
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 132
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 121
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 141
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 141
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 181
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 181
Corey Perry (ANA) 251
Martin St. Louis (TB) 251
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 301
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 301
Brad Richards (NYR) 301
Joe Thornton (SJ) 401
Any Other Forward 115
Any Goaltender 112
Any Defenseman 301

Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHLs top Goaltender?
Ryan Miller (BUF) 51
Tim Thomas (BOS) 71
Roberto Luongo (VAN) 152
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 81
Carey Price (MTL) 91
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) 101
Pekka Rinne (NAS) 101
Martin Brodeur (NJ) 101
Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) 121
Miikka Kiprusoff (CAL) 141
Jaroslav Halak (STL) 161
Cam Ward (CAR) 161
Antti Niemi (SJ) 161
Tomas Vokoun (WAS) 181
Jonathan Quick (LAK) 201
Jonas Hiller (ANA) 251
Jimmy Howard (DET) 331
Corey Crawford (CHI) 401
James Reimer (TOR) 401
Semyon Varlamov (COL) 401
Craig Anderson (OTT) 501
Field (Any Other Player) 301

Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHLs best defenseman?
Shea Weber (NAS) 41
Zdeno Chara (BOS) 92
Nicklas Lidstrom (DET) 132
Mike Green (WAS) 71
Drew Doughty (LAK) 101
Duncan Keith (CHI) 101
Kris Letang (PIT) 121
Keith Yandle (PHO) 121
Christian Ehrhoff (BUF) 151
Dan Boyle (SJ) 151
P.K. Subban (MTL) 201
Lubomir Visnovsky (ANA) 201
Dustin Byfuglien (WIN) 221
Dion Phaneuf (TOR) 251
Andrei Markov (MTL) 251
Chris Pronger (PHI) 301
Mark Streit (NYI) 351
Tobias Enstrom (WIN) 351
Field (Any Other Player) 91

Who will win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHLs Rookie of the Year?
Brayden Schenn (PHI) 31
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 72
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) 112
Nino Niederreiter (NYI) 71
Adam Larsson (NJ) 81
Tim Erixon (NYR) 101
Erik Gudbranson (FLA) 101
Jared Cowen (OTT) 101
Ryan Johansen (CBJ) 151
Alexei Yemelin (MTL) 151
Field (Any Other Player) 31

Who will win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHLs points leader?
Alexander Ovechkin WAS) 72
Steven Stamkos (TB) 72
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 112
Martin St. Louis (TB) 172
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 141
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 161
Corey Perry (ANA) 181
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) 181
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 181
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 251
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 301
Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 301
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 301
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 301
Joe Thornton (SJ) 351
John Tavares (NYI) 401
Patrick Kane (CHI) 401
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 401
Bobby Ryan (ANA) 401
Zach Parise (NJ) 401
Matt Duchene (COL) 451
Brad Richards (NYR) 451
Eric Staal (CAR) 451
Rick Nash (CBJ) 451
David Krejci (BOS) 551
Derek Roy (BUF) 551
Jeff Carter (CBJ) 851
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 851
Dany Heatley (MIN) 1001
Jaromir Jagr (PHI) 1001
Field (Any Other Player) 251

Who will win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy Trophy as the NHLs Top Goal Scorer leader?
Steven Stamkos (TB) 72
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 41
Corey Perry (ANA) 92
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 61
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 132
Jeff Carter (CBJ) 101
Rick Nash (CBJ) 151
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 151
Zach Parise (NJ) 181
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 201
Bobby Ryan (ANA) 251
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 251
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 251
Patrick Marleau (SJ) 301
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 301
John Tavares (NYI) 351
Jeff Skinner (CAR) 351
Field (Any Other Player) 121

National Post columnist Bruce Arthur examines the tough summer endured by the NHL, and it includes a photo of Zdeno Chara fighting back his emotions at the funeral for his friend Pavol Demitra. It was such a tragic off-season for so many.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys take a look at a Seattle lawmaker thats looking to lure an NHL team to their city with a new arena. Seattle is obviously in close proximity to Vancouver, and one has to wonder if the area could support two NHL teams with the Supersonics long gone.

An interesting read at Justin Bournes new series of blogs at the Score radio station in Toronto.

The heat is getting turned up on the Maple Leafs brass this season, and its no surprise given the time theyve had to build up a franchise.

NBC and Versus guy Jeremy Roenick talks NHL preview among other things with Yahoo Sports Radio.

Brad Richards is bringing a new kind of flavor to the New York Rangers, and the New York Post has the story.

Evgeni Malkin continues to show signs that this could be a breakout year for him in Pittsburgh.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com notes the pressure on Ilya Bryzgalov to start the season strongly with the Philadelphia Flyers after last years goaltending breakdown.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
 

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.