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

Thursday, Aug. 25: Nearly two decades later, the Whalers live on

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Thursday, Aug. 25: Nearly two decades later, the Whalers live on

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while in disbelief mode that the summer is almost over.

*Good piece on the remainders of the Hartford Whalers organization in Connecticut trying to keep the dream alive for the Whale.

*Tyler Seguin sits down for a podcast this week that I freely admit I did not have the time to listen to. I wonder if Boston even rated a mention in the conversation?

*Rating the top NHL contracts, according to the fancy stats hockey analysts, sounds like an interesting exercise.

*Tracey Myers has Duncan Keith bowing out of the World Cup of Hockey while recovering from an injury, and getting replaced by Jay Boumeester.

*The “Da Beauty” Hockey League has kept players like Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan McDonagh and David Backes in hockey shape this summer while slowly getting ready for the season.

*The Arizona Coyotes make a historic hire by naming Dawn Braid as skating coach, making her the first female coach in the NHL.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rich Shirtenlieb guested on the #DORK podcast this week, and it sounds like he didn’t love “Stranger Things.” At the very least he liked “Preacher” better. I thought Preacher was entertaining, but I didn’t even think it was in the same stratosphere as Stranger Things. Rich also has me wanting to watch “It Follows” now, however, after his endorsement.

 

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

It’s no secret Bruins fans are getting fed up with a hockey team in decline, one that’s missed the playoffs each of the last two years. Now there are numbers to prove it.

Channel Media and Market Research, Inc. came out with its annual New England Sports survey,  tabulating responses from over 14,600 polled, and, according to the numbers, the Bruins are dropping in popularity, fan support and faith in the current management group.

The B’s are holding somewhat steady with 16 percent of voters listing them as their “favorite sports team” behind the Patriots (46 percent) and Red Sox (29 percent) while ahead of the Celtics and Revolution. Claude Julien also ranked ahead of John Farrell among the big four teams in the “coaches/manages most admired” category.

But after sitting at a relative high of ranking at 27 percent for “ownership performance” in 2014 -- they year after their trip to the Cup Finals against the Blackhawks -- the Bruins now rank dead last in that category at 2 percent, behind the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and even the Revolution. Ouch, babe.

Also sitting at a lowly 2 percent is Bruins president Cam Neely in the “leadership performance” category. In "management performance," Neely has dropped from a solid 49 percent in 2014 to just 16 percent in this summer’s survey.

So B’s fans are clearly upset with a team that traded away Tyler Seguin, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton, and has featured a decimated defense corps for each of the last two seasons. But do the B’s fans think that things are getting any better with prospects coming down the pipeline?

Not really.

In the “which team has done the best job making its product better.” category, the Patriots (35 percent) and Red Sox (31 percent) were resting at the top, with the Celtics (27 percent) a respectable third. The Bruins limped in at just 4 percent with a fan base that very clearly sees that, on paper, this upcoming season’s club doesn’t appear to be much better than last year's.

On top of that, only 13 percent of those surveyed believe the Bruins have gotten better over the last year, and 52 percent believe they’ve just gotten worse. A lowly 3 percent of those surveyed think the Bruins have the best chance of the five teams to bring a world championship back to Boston; the Patriots (79 percent), Red Sox (11 percent) and Celtics (5 percent) all ranked higher.

Finally, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Hayes were at the top of the list of the Boston athletes “who did not meet expectations” last season. None of that is a surprise, given the state of Boston’s defense along with Hayes’ subpar season.

The good news for the Bruins: They still have a passionate fan base. But they need to start reversing course immediately before they do lasting damage to the B’s brand.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats