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Free Agent Frenzy 2015: Top UFA’s

It’s that time of year again in the National Hockey League. Tomorrow, when the clock strikes 12:00 PM EST, all 30 teams will be able to sign any unrestricted free agent they choose. While this year’s free agent class lacks depth there are still some good players to be had for the right price. Below is our list of the top 30 UFA’s that will be available tomorrow.

Ranking Player Position Former Team
1 Mike Green D WSH
2 Martin St. Louis RW NYR
3 Justin Williams RW LAK
4 Mike Ribeiro C NSH
5 Michael Frolik LW WPG
6 Cody Franson D NSH
7 Matt Beleskey LW ANA
8 Joel Ward RW WSH
9 Antoine Vermette C CHI
10 Francois Beauchemin D ANA
11 Andrej Sekera D LAK
12 Chris Stewart RW MIN
13 Johnny Oduya D CHI
14 Christian Ehrhoff D PIT
15 Michal Neuvirth G NYI
16 Eric Fehr C WSH
17 Shawn Matthias C VAN
18 Karri Ramo G CGY
19 Zbynek Michalek D STL
20 Brad Richards C CHI
21 Jiri Tlusty C WPG
22 Curtis Glencross C WSH
23 Brad Boyes RW FLA
24 Lee Stempniak RW WPG
25 Mike Santorelli C NSH
26 Daniel Winnik LW PIT
27 Blake Comeau RW PIT
28 Thomas Greiss G PIT
29 Barrett Jackman D STL
30 Sean Bergenheim LW MIN

Be Sure to check back with Sunshine State Hockey tomorrow when we begin live blogging at 12:00 PM EST for the free agent frenzy.

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Playoff Predictions – Round 3

Photo Credit: SI.com

 

They don’t waste any time, do they? The New York Rangers finished their series with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, winning in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 overtime win. With that being the last series left in the second round, the road is clear for the remaining four teams to resume the race for Lord Stanley’s Cup. With the puck drop in game one of the New York and Tampa Bay series happening in just less than a half an hour, here’s a recap of the conference semi-finals:

 

Western Conference

Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames
Marc’s Prediction: Anaheim Ducks, 7 games
Ryan’s Prediction: Anaheim Ducks, 6 games

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks
Marc’s Prediction: Minnesota Wild, 7 games
Ryan’s Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks, 5 games

Eastern Conference

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Marc’s Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 games
Ryan’s Prediction: Montreal Canadiens, 6 games

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
Marc’s Prediction: New York Rangers, 6 games
Ryan’s Prediction: New York Rangers, 6 games

Marc: 3-1 teams, 0-4 games
Ryan: 3-1 teams, 1-3 games

 

Round 3 Predictions

Western Conference

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America

Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks
Marc’s Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks, 7 games
Ryan’s Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks, 7 games

Eastern Conference

Photo Credit: Andy Marlin -USA Today Sports

Photo Credit: Andy Marlin -USA Today Sports

New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Marc’s Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning, 6 games
Ryan’s Prediction: New York Rangers, 7 games

And The Winner is…

Every season after the team awards are won the National Hockey League hands out the individual trophies. The different hardware that will be given out tonight represents such categories as best rookie, best goalie, and league MVP. Usually a case can be made for all the players nominated but the fact of the matter is that there can be only one winner for each award. After taking some time to look at the finalists we here at Sunshine State Hockey are ready to present our predictions on who will win at tonight’s award ceremony as well as who the cover boy will be for EA Sports next hockey title, NHL 12.

Mark Messier Leadership Award – Awarded to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.

Nominees:

Zdeno Chara – D
Boston Bruins

Shane Doan – RW
Phoenix Coyotes

Nicklas Lidstrom – D
Detroit Red Wings

SSH’s Winner: Nicklas Lidstrom

Ted Lindsay Award – Awarded to the most “outstanding” player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Nominees:

Corey Perry – RW
Anaheim Ducks

Daniel Sedin – LW
Vancouver Canucks

Steven Stamkos – C
Tampa Bay Lightning

SSH’s Winner: Daniel Sedin

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

Nominees:

Ray Emery – G
Anaheim Ducks

Daymond Langkow – C
Calgary Flames

Ian Laperriere – RW
Philadelphia Flyers

SSH’s Winner: Ray Emery

Jack Adams Award – Awarded to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.

Nominees:

Dan Bylsma
Pittsburgh Penguins

Barry Trotz
Nashville Predators

Alain Vigneault
Vancouver Canucks

SSH’s Winner: Barry Trotz

Frank J. Selke Trophy – Awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.

Nominees:

Pavel Datsyuk – C
Detroit Red Wings

Ryan Kesler – C
Vancouver Canucks

Jonathan Toews – C
Chicago Blackhawks

SSH’s Winner: Pavel Datsyuk

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Nominees:

Loui Eriksson – LW
Dallas Stars

Nicklas Lidstrom – D
Detroit Red Wings

Martin St. Louis – RW
Tampa Bay Lightning

SSH’s Winner: Martin St. Louis

Calder Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL.

Nominees:

Logan Couture – C
San Jose Sharks

Michael Grabner – RW
New York Islanders

Jeff Skinner – C
Carolina Hurricanes

SSH’s Winner: Michael Grabner

James Norris Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.

Nominees:

Zdeno Chara – D
Boston Bruins

Nicklas Lidstrom – D
Detroit Red Wings

Shea Weber – D
Nashville Predators

SSH’s Winner: Zdeno Chara

Vezina Trophy – Awarded to the goalkeeper judged to be the best at this position.

Nominees:

Roberto Luongo – G
Vancouver Canucks

Pekka Rinne – G
Nashville Predators

Tim Thomas – G
Boston Bruins

SSH’s Winner: Tim Thomas

Hart Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.

Nominees:

Corey Perry – RW
Anaheim Ducks

Daniel Sedin – LW
Vancouver Canucks

Martin St. Louis – RW
Tampa Bay Lightning

SSH’s Winner: Corey Perry

Only time will tell if our choices for the award winners are correct. Tune in to Versus at 7 PM EST tonight to watch the annual National Hockey League award show from Las Vegas to see who will win such awards as the Calder Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, and the Jack Adams Award.

Before ending this post we have one last matter to attend to, the cover boy of EA Sports latest edition to their hockey franchise, NHL 12. The past two years have seen Chicago Blackhawks players Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews grace the cover of the only hockey video game on the market. We here at Sunshine State Hockey believe that EA Sports will stay in the Western conference with their selection, picking Hart Memorial Trophy nominee Corey Perry.

Will SSH be correct with our picks? Watch the NHL Award show tonight to find out!