Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 - Cody Franson

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 25 2015 06:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! 

When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was getting two quality players that they were familiar with, without giving up any present assets. Theoretically, it was the type of move that should've taken a good team to greatness, but instead, it was a bust.

David Poile was quick to admit that the team was forcing a square peg into a round hole. After all, the Predators are very adament about following shot handedness with their defencemen, and they already had three quality righties. As such, Franson didn't recieve the necessary playing time, didn't fit in, and will now hit free agency. But what will he command?

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The Awards That Flames Did Not Win

Ryan Pike
June 24 2015 09:00PM

The NHL Awards are complete, and with their completion comes the reveal of the voting break-downs for the various awards. We've already dug into the voting breakdown for the awards that Calgary Flames representatives won - the Jack Adams and the Lady Byng - but how did the Flames fare in the awards they didn't take home?

Here are the voting breakdowns, via the NHL's public relations department, of the available tallies for awards Flames didn't bring home

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Thomas Drance's NHL Awards Ballot

Thomas Drance
June 24 2015 08:00PM

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This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden.

After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed my perspective. I agonized for weeks over my selections, researched deserving candidates for each award heavily, re-streamed game video, and talked to a variety of industry people whom I trust before allowing my vote to be tallied. 

Some of these decisions were decided by a wafer thin margin. I'd wake up one day thinking that Erik Karlsson was my pick for the Norris, and I'd go to sleep that night thinking that 'really, P.K. Subban was the most valuable two-way defender in hockey this season.' Then I cast my first place Norris vote for neither player.

Anyway, in the interest of transparency and because these sorts of hockey conversations are pertinent and fun, I'd like to present my 2014-15 NHL Awards ballot for your scrutiny, consideration and entertainment. 

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Consolation Prize: Gaudreau Named To All-Rookie Team

Ryan Pike
June 24 2015 07:52PM

He didn't win the Calder Memorial Trophy, but Calgary Flames rookie sensation Johnny Gaudreau was honoured by the National Hockey League at the annual year-end awards.

Gaudreau was one of six freshmen named to the league's All-Rookie Team.

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Jiri Hudler Wins Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Now With Video)

Ryan Pike
June 24 2015 06:51PM

The Calgary Flames will leave Nevada with two pieces of hardware, folks.

Flames winger Jiri Hudler eased the pain of Johnny Gaudreau finishing third in Calder voting by capturing the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player who combines the highest levels of on-ice performance and gentlemanly conduct.

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