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Read snubbed for Calder consideration

The National Hockey League released its finalists for the Calder Trophy this morning, and Matt Read isn’t on the list. Instead, Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils and #1 overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Edmonton garnered the top three slots. Like they used to say in Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Court: Fair or unfair…UNFAIR!!! Our own Nick D laid down the case for the 25-year-old Bemidji State product last week, and while it may be true that his age was a contributing factor in being left off the ballot, there are several more factors which he still believes …

It sounds so nice, what you’re proposing

Teemu Selanne isn’t an All-Star. Nicklas Lidstrom ain’t going either. Ditto for Jaromir Jagr. The HORROR! But what do the above three players all have in common? Yep, they’re all wily veterans and are all over the age of 35. So why should we be upset at their anti-selection to the league’s midway fete in Ottawa? Why are we so worried that their lights won’t get to shine amongst the younger and brighter stars? Because nobody’s thought of the only true solution to this mess. You want to spice up All-Star Weekend and try to rescue it from encroaching irrelevance? …

Renewing the case for Tim Kerr

With the recent announcement that former Flyers defenseman Mark Howe will be among the class enshrined this coming November into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it’s a given that thoughts will turn to other members of those 1980s teams who might deserve a shot at immortality. One such overlooked player is Tim Kerr, an oak of a man who patrolled the area around the crease and left defenders and goaltenders alike struggling for ways to stop him during the latter half of the decade. Below is a dressed-up re-print of a column I wrote for The Phanatic Magazine back in …