Did the Tom Wilson history eclipses the discipline of the Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov?
Yeah, James, maybe [a story] with deeper implications for center # 1 Evgeny Kuznetsov with who Ilya Samsonov, was removed from Monday’s game for disciplinary reasons. Head coach Peter Laviolette said they were late for a team function.
For Kuznetsov, you might remember he was part of a four-player squad earlier this season who also broke COVID protocols and was out for a while. A few years ago, in September 2019, he was suspended three games by the NHL for “improper conduct”.
There have certainly been some irregular play on the ice over the past few years. What I hear is that this is starting, at some level, to irritate some members of the Caps organization. So keep an eye out for this one.
As far as I think, Washington may be willing to listen to trade offers for Kuznetsov this offseason. He’s still four years on his contract with an AAV of $ 7.8 million and a modified no-trade clause, but he’s still a very good player.
Is Victor Hedman the favorite to win his second Norris Trophy?
Well, that will be if the coaches have their way. It’s the PHWA that votes on the Norris Trophy but I went to see the coaches because they face these defenders every night. I wanted to know what they thought of the best defender this year.
It wasn’t close. 22 first place votes out of 31 votes cast. The 31 head coaches came back to me. A dazzling victory for Victor Hedman despite the fact that he may not have had such a consistent season as the one we’re used to seeing from him.
Adam Fox finished second in the poll, he had a great year. Shea Theodore and Cale Makar are also up there but it’s not close. Victor Hedman in the eyes of coaches.