So, today's the day: The NHL touches down in Vegas. There's been a lot of great coverage of things already and Chaka Khan hasn't even hit the stage, but to kick things off, here are my thoughts on who will win tonight and who should win.
For the most part, I think the voters will get things right (click on the name of the award to see my picks, revealed in previous posts):
|Trophy||Who will win||Who should win|
|Lester B. Pearson||Ovechkin
|Norris||Chara||Green or Chara|
*- not nominated
I expect the storyline tonight will be all about Ovechkin, Datsyuk and a trio of Bruins, although the Caps could steal the spotlight a bit if Mike Green pulls out the Norris Trophy. The voting on that one will likely be fairly close, but I doubt that's the case for many of the others.
- Here's who ESPN readers are picking. Surprisingly, Barry Melrose isn't leading the Jack Adams tallies.
- Eric Duhatschek is talking to players about an NHL club in Vegas and what it means in having the awards there the next three years.
- The Las Vegas Sun tackled the same question from a local perspective. Patrick Kane seems to think this week will be sort of like The Hangover, but with pucks. "From what I hear, I think they'd get a lot of fans, a lot of sponsors, and maybe it'd be a good place for the NHL, but you're probably asking the wrong guy when you ask me. Players would love to see a team in Vegas, but who knows about everyone else."
- Here's a look at how they're doing motion capture data for the latest 2k sports video game.
- The red carpet begins at 3 p.m. today, so if you're in the neighbourhood snapping pictures, feel free to send them along. Otherwise, I'll have up an AP-assisted gallery later in the night along with a full roundup.
- CBC is doing a live blog tonight.
- Isn't it a little strange they never announced a host for the awards gala?
- Tickets are still available.
- Presenters tonight will be Pat Burns, Doug Gilmour, Pat LaFontaine, Pat Kane, Mark Messier, Reggie Lemelin, Andy Moog, Stan Mikita and Luc Robitaille.
- The official after party for this business is going to be at a place called Rain, but "an unofficial-yet-totally-public post-show party will take place at Tao." Just in case you don't have a $504 ticket to the first one.
Will you watch the NHL awards tonight?
Yes (87 votes)
No (147 votes)
234 total votes