NHL notes: Lundqvist leads Hart nominees
|New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (C) is congratulated by teammates after the Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal. (REUTERS)
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is the last man standing of the three nominees announced Friday for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
Lundqvist, who backstopped the New York Rangers to a first-round win over the Ottawa Senators, joins Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos as finalists for the award.
None of the three has won the Hart before,
Lundqvist led the Rangers to first place in the Eastern Conference, posting a 1.97 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
Malkin led the league with 109 points to earn his second Art Ross Trophy. He scored 50 goals, reaching that plateau for the first time in his career.
Stamkos scored 60 times, winning the Maurice Richard Trophy for the second time as the league's top goal-getter.
The league awards will be presented June 20.
DOUBTING A THOMAS TRADE
The Boston Bruins seem prepared to stick with their goaltending tandem of veteran Tim Thomas and rising star Tuukka Rask for another season.
There has been talk Thomas, 38, could be traded to give the No. 1 job to understudy Rask, 25.
"I know I've seen speculation about moving a goalie and all that stuff, but certainly I'm not inclined to do that," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told CSNNE on Friday.
Thomas has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5 million. Rask is coming off a season in which he made $1.25 million but could become a restricted free agent this summer.
SURGERY FOR BEAUCHEMIN
The Anaheim Ducks' Francois Beauchemin played all season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, the veteran defenceman said Friday.
Beauchemin damaged a shoulder muscle and tendon in an collision early in the season and went on to play all 82 games. He had surgery April 19, a week after the Ducks season ended. Rehabilitation will take four months, so the 31-year-old expects to be 100% when training camp opens.