Phil Kessel: Rocket Richard Candidate in 2015-16?

Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mark Blinch, Canadian Press, Hockey

Will the Phil Kessel trade give him the opportunity to win a scoring title? (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

The Phil Kessel changed everything. First, it showed the Maple Leafs are headed down the road of the rebuild for sure. Secondly, it put Kessel in a position to be the behind-the-scenes scorer that he wants to and can be. Finally, it powers Pittsburgh’s offence even more so than the duo they already possess.

But does it give Kessel a chance at showing his true scoring touch? After all, it will mean possibly having a true centre for the first time in his career.

For all the thoughts on Phil Kessel’s Rocket Richard charge, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Are The NHL Awards Too Diluted?

John Woods, The Canadian Press, Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin will win the Maurice Richard Trophy this year, but does he qualify for the Hart? (John Woods//The Canadian Press)

NHL award season is upon us and there are many – too many – to hand out. It seems that every couple of years, the league decides to introduce a new player award – named after someone who retired quite some time ago or even recently. Take the Mark Messier Leadership Award for example. It’s a recent award named after a player who retired not too long ago.

But are the qualifications becoming too grey? Are there too many awards taking away from each other and the achievement and honour that comes with accomplishing such a feat? My latest story looks at the individual player awards in the National Hockey League and how some of them are too subjective when choosing a winner.  Read more of this post

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