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Some afternoon links on a Monday off the ice
Posted By Joe Haggerty On March 30, 2009 @ 2:48 pm In General | 4 Comments
With an off day for the Bruins after taking four perfect points over the weekend and opening a seven point lead over the Washington Capitals  (and eight points over the suddenly-reeling New Jersey Devils ), here’s another edition of afternoon links.
Just coming off the radio co-hosting the Dale and Holley program with Dale Arnold  on 850 WEEI, and there was quite a bit of email interest in the upcoming Bruins 7th player Award. The award has always been part popularity contest and part unsung hero, and this season shouldn’t be any different. Earlier in the year I thought that Blake Wheeler  would be a shoo-in after going from relatively unknown rookie bound for Providence to a potential Calder Trophy candidate.
But Wheeler cooled off as he hit the rookie wall over the last few months, and David Krejci  has been an important player for the Bruins all season long — even when his scoring tailed off a bit following the All-Star break. Krejci is second on the team with69 points and leads the entire NHL  with a +/- of +36.
Matt Hunwick has the third-most points of any B’s defenseman(6 goals, 18 assists for 24 points) this season, and has given the Boston coaching staff needed depth along the blueline all season. That Hunwick has done his damage in only 46 games this season speaks to how good he’s been while in the lineup. Also, remember this is a former sixth round draft pick that was one of the last cuts in training camp, and that means — for a guy manning the first power play unit — he’s gone way “above and beyond expectations” this season.
Several people emailed the show this morning/afternoon about Dennis Wideman  being another candidate for the 7th Player Award, but Wideman was expected to be the puck-moving complement to Zdeno Chara  along the back line — and he’s moderately exceeded expectations. Not to the level of guys like Krejci, Wheeler and Hunwick, however.
My vote goes to Krejci…now on to the links.
–Just when you think NESN play-by-play guy Jack Edwards has pulled out everything in his “Spooned it down the River by the Half-Wall” dictionary, he took it to a new level with last night’s call on Milan Lucic  burying Randy Jones  behind the Flyers net. It’s pretty difficult to determine what Edwards actually said over the hyena-like cackling, but here’s the verbatim transcript: “Lucic hammers him! Down goes Jones! And how’s this for irony: The crowd wants a call for a hit from behind! AH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!”
–Helmet tip to Yahoo! blogger Puck Daddy for unearthing this interview with noted Bostonian and Red Sox  fan Jeremy Roenick , which is notable for a couple of different things: first the reverential treatment given to Curt “Superstar” Schilling when his picture pops up and secondly the long pause while J.R. decides whether to bury Wayne Gretzky  or give him his proper due after their very public feuding while Roenick was skating for the Coyotes.
–Speaking of awards, here’s a good story in the Toronto Sun about Zdeno Chara’s very real candidacy for the Norris Trophy awarded to the league’s best defenseman. Chara doesn’t have the best offensive numbers among candidates that include Nik Lidstrom and Mike Green , but 6-foot-8 “Z” is the ultimate shutdown blueliner capable of putting the clamps down on superstars like Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin .
Heard an argument over the weekend that the Norris Trophy should be given to the best all-around defenseman in the league — with more weight given toward players like Chara that make defending the puck priority number one – and that a Bobby Orr  Trophy could/should be added for the best offensive defenseman in the NHL . Don’t think too many people in Boston would quibble with something like that.
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URLs in this post:
 Washington Capitals: http://media.weei.com/hockey/washington-capitals.htm
 New Jersey Devils: http://media.weei.com/hockey/new-jersey-devils.htm
 Dale Arnold: http://media.weei.com/weei/dale_arnold.htm
 Blake Wheeler: http://media.weei.com/hockey/blake-wheeler.htm
 David Krejci: http://media.weei.com/hockey/david-krejci.htm
 NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm
 Dennis Wideman: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-wideman.htm
 Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm
 Milan Lucic: http://media.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm
 Randy Jones: http://media.weei.com/hockey/randy-jones.htm
 Yahoo! blogger Puck Daddy : http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy
 Red Sox: http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm
 Jeremy Roenick: http://media.weei.com/hockey/jeremy-roenick.htm
 Wayne Gretzky: http://media.weei.com/hockey/wayne-gretzky.htm
 Toronto Sun about Zdeno Chara’s very real candidacy for the Norris Trophy: http://www.torontosun.com/sports/columnists/mike_zeisberger/2009/03/29/8924056-sun.html
 Mike Green: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mike-green.htm
 Alex Ovechkin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/alex-ovechkin.htm
 Bobby Orr: http://media.weei.com/hockey/bobby-orr.htm
 NHL: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl-hockey.htm
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