The NHL announced some major awards tonight. As expected, no Penguin players won anything. Only one member of the team was even a finalist, with Sidney Crosby nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award (the player’s vote for MVP). Crosby finished behind winner Connor McDavid. This award is already the third in McDavid’s career, which matches Sid’s total.
Crosby finished fourth place in the Hart Trophy voting this year, for league MVP. This marks an impressive ninth time the Pittsburgh captain has finished in the top five in voting for this award. Crosby has won it twice.
Kris Letang finished ninth in voting for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman. It’s the sixth season that Letang has mustered a top-10 finish in the vote, though he hasn’t finished higher than third place (in 2012-13).
Below you can click to see the votes for the major awards.
Full voting charts for Calder, Vezina, Norris, and Hart Trophies #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/uCTXfmAlYX— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) June 30, 2021
Former Penguin player Marc-Andre Fleury won the Vezina as the league’s top goalie for the first time in his career. This probably won’t end clickbait speculation that maybe just maybe the Penguins might re-acquire Fleury, even though the Vegas owner has pledged that he wants the goalie to finish his career in Vegas. And why Vegas would be looking to move the goalie who just won this award feels even more curious, but speculation never ceases.
No Penguins were honored in the season end All-Star team voting, but Crosby, Letang and Jake Guentzel picked up a couple stray votes at their respective positions.
No Penguins were selected for the first or second All-Star teams.— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) June 30, 2021
Sidney Crosby finished fifth in voting at centers.
Jake Guentzel was sixth at left wing.
Kris Letang was ninth on defense. pic.twitter.com/m28uxhq6gi
Some other awards were already announced, coach Mike Sullivan finished fifth in the Jack Adams voting for coach of the year that was won by Carolina’s Rod Brind’Amour.
It doesn’t seem very likely that any Penguin is a major contender for an individual award next season either. At this point at the stage of the careers of the major players the accolade they are seeking is the big silver chalice that Montreal and Tampa are fighting currently.