Dec 4, 2019

December's NHL awards watch

Connor McDavid. Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

ESPN's Greg Wyshynski released his updated NHL awards watch for December.

The state of play: A month ago, the Buffalo Sabres were the talk of the NHL, but they’re outside the playoff picture now, which has impacted the MVP and coach of the year races.

Hart Trophy (MVP)

  • Leader: Connor McDavid, EDM
  • Finalists: Nathan MacKinnon, COL; David Pastrnak, BOS

Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

  • Leader: John Carlson, WSH
  • Finalists: Dougie Hamilton, CAR; Roman Josi, NSH

Calder Trophy (top rookie)

  • Leader: Cale Makar, COL
  • Finalists: Quinn Hughes, VAN; Victor Olofsson, BUF

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

  • Leader: Darcy Kuemper, ARI
  • Finalists: Jordan Binnington, STL; Connor Hellebuyck, WPG

Selke Trophy (best defensive forward)

  • Leader: Sean Couturier, PHI
  • Finalists: Patrice Bergeron, BOS; Mark Stone, VGS

Jack Adams Award (best coach)

  • Leader: Barry Trotz, NYI
  • Finalists: Dave Tippett, EDM; Rick Tocchet, ARI

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Hockey's moment of reckoning

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The last month of the NHL season has brought changes behind the bench and in the broadcast booth that represent a cultural reckoning poised to change the sport of hockey forever.

Driving the news: Don Cherry, a longtime fixture on "Hockey Night in Canada," was fired by Rogers Sportsnet on Nov. 12 for on-air comments that many believed disparaged Canadian immigrants.

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A look at pro sports' salary caps this decade

Data: Real GM (NBA); Spotrac (NFL); Puckpedia (NHL); Chart: Axios Visuals

Over the past decade, the NFL, NBA and NHL salary caps (i.e. limits on how much money teams can spend on players) have all increased, but at fairly different rates.

By the numbers: The NFL salary cap has jumped from $120 million to $188.2 million this decade, a 57% increase. The NBA's has jumped from $58 million to $109.1 million (+88%) and the NHL's has jumped from $59.4 million to $81.5 million (+37%).

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The NBA's first-quarter All-Stars

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

With the NBA season roughly a quarter of the way through, I've put together my Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Star teams.

The intrigue: With 2019 All-Stars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Victor Oladipo sidelined and Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin and Nikola Vucevic missing significant time, the door is open wider than usual for first-time selections.

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