NHL Notes: Hart Memorial Trophy finalists named

NHL Notes: Hart Memorial Trophy finalists named
May 10, 2013, 8:45 pm
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In the second installment of a series analyzing the Flyers' offense, Tim Panaccio takes a look at a second group of forwards who struggled in 2013 (see story).

Here are some notes around the hockey world:

Hart Trophy finalists named
NEW YORK -- Three top NHL players are finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares of the New York Islanders are vying for the award.

Crosby finished fourth in the NHL with 56 points despite missing 12 games because of injuries. Ovechkin had 32 goals in 48 games, and Tavares ranked third in the league with 28 goals.

The Hart Trophy is awarded annually to the player most valuable to his team. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association voted at the end of the regular season.

The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.

-The Associated Press

NHL confident players will participate in Sochi
STOCKHOLM -- The NHL is "proceeding under the assumption" that its players will take part in next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday.

NHL representatives and international hockey and Olympic officials met in Stockholm in a new round of talks aimed at securing an agreement for the league's participation in the Sochi Games.

While no final deal was reached, all sides indicated they expect the NHL will send players to the Olympics for a fifth straight time.

Attending Friday's meeting were officials from the NHL, the league players' association, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the IOC and Sochi organizers.

"We are working hard putting together the last pieces to ensure NHL players' participation in Sochi," IIHF President Rene Fasel said on the federation's website. "We have some issues left, but I, as always, remain optimistic."

Neither Daly nor Fasel mentioned a time frame for finalizing an agreement (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Avs make front office changes
DENVER -- Josh Kroenke will now be keeping just as close a watch on power plays as power forwards.

Already in charge of the Denver Nuggets, Kroenke was announced Friday as the new president of the Colorado Avalanche. He will take over for Pierre Lacroix, who's stepping down after 18 seasons and two Stanley Cup titles. Lacroix will stay with the team as an adviser.

Former team captain Joe Sakic also received a promotion as the Avs overhauled their front office. He's now the executive vice president of hockey operations and will have a big say on just about everything, including the next coach after Joe Sacco was fired last month.

Greg Sherman will remain the team's general manager as the Avalanche try to get back on track after finishing last in the Western Conference and missing the playoffs for a third straight season (see full story).

-The Associated Press

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