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Kolzig Nominated for Masterton

I forgot to mention yesterday that the Washington Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has nominated goaltender Olie Kolzig for the 2007 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is given each year to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

If you've been paying attention this season, then you really don't need me to explain why he's our nominee.

I'll check back in with any news leading up to tonight's game against the Panthers.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 3, 2007; 1:48 PM ET
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Hmm, given the vitriol directed towards Olie here lately, I can just imagine the comments this will elicit.

Posted by: Geauxcaps | April 3, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Does that NHL player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey" have to be from the Caps? I am just wondering...

Posted by: Finn | April 3, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Olie!

But Tarik, quick question: Aren't there just a handful of sport writers here? You, Dave Fay, etc. And do they also include bloggers like JP, Liz Chang and all (which would be terrific).

Just curious!

Posted by: LB | April 3, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I've been looking around a little bit today for this info and can't find it. Does anyone know what picks we have stored up for the draft?

Like how many first, second, or third round picks? Two each in the 1st and 2nd round: ours and the Sabres and ours and the Isles. But what else do we have?

Posted by: kate | April 3, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Washington Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association?

Is that some sort of alias that you use? I guess the Times has a guy, and maybe you can count some of the columnists. But that's gotta be a fairly small chapter.

Posted by: Kim | April 3, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they prefer the term "Exclusive".

Posted by: lordthrog | April 3, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I would guess that a similar chapter exists in every NHL city and that's the voting that the NHL uses, right? But the Post doesn't allow voting for awards, so it's really just the Times guy, huh?

Posted by: tallbear | April 3, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

does any one else think gordon is one of the bext checking centers in the game? comparing points-mpg-salary, he is one of the cheapest, and has scored just as many points as any other "checking line center".

Phil Kessel is probally gonna win it,

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Dave Fay and I do prefer the term "exclusive". There are other members. Two more, to be exact.

And you are correct. I cannot vote per Post policy.

Posted by: Tarik | April 3, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

also, tariq, despite the bad year and the melt down, i think this year was a complete success(depending on what happens this offseason). many of the palyers getting alot of ice time are gonna be role players for years, semin steped up the scoring, scoring is slightly up and goals against are slightly down, pp and pk are better then they were last year. hopefully the record will be the same, but the caps at the end of the season last year had more skill then the caps at th end of this season. all im sayin is that this experience will been invaluable and it is very easy to for people to forget the importance experience. and were are going to get one more top draft pick for good measure. the gains have been modest, but their have been no upgrades whatso ever and many veterens were purged last offseanson or this past trading deadline.

Posted by: timbers | April 3, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Two more members, hmm? So you haven't revoked La Canfora's membership yet. ^_^

Posted by: tallbear | April 3, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse


2007 Washington Capitals Draft Picks

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3 none (sent to Montreal in Zednik trade)
Round 4
Round 4 (acquired from NYR in draft day pick swap)
Round 5
Round 6 none (sent to Calgary in Clark trade)
Round 7
Round 7 (acquired from Cgy for Clark)

Posted by: usiel | April 3, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Usiel - after a quick glance, it appears you are missing the extra 1st rounder from Buffalo and the extra 2nd rounder from the Isles. Last time I reviewed the picks, the Caps held 10 picks for the 07 draft.

Link to the Masterton information for those that are not familiar with the award

Posted by: sk84fun | April 3, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Draft picks- one more addition to reach the 10 - add a pick in round 6 - acquired from Ottawa in the Nycholat trade

Posted by: sk84fun | April 3, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Membership in the PHWA is limited to those who earn the majority of their income from writing about the sports, which is why bloggers don't qualify.

Posted by: Eric McErlain | April 3, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

re: sk84fun

And here I copied it from one of your posts at HF, heheh :P.

Posted by: usiel | April 3, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This here Masterson trophy is presented to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." With all of our suffering, it's amazing no Caps have won it before...

Posted by: Scott | April 3, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps fans -- those who remain -- should get the Masterson. Who has shown more perseverance or dedication?

This season can't end quickly enough for me. Simply horrible. And there was absolutely nothing to gain by not giving Ovie and Kolzig help THIS year instead of another IOU for NEXT year. Simply unnecessary.

Posted by: Sapper | April 3, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

And to celebrate his nomination, Kolzig goes out and gets his first shutout victory since 2004. Congrats, Olie.

Posted by: I like Laich and Fehr is Fair | April 3, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

you mean olie got a shutout? the loudmouth over the hill let in easy goals everynight needs to retire olie that i read about in these message boards? couldn't be the same guy?

i can see it now, all the misserable doomsayers will not be happy with a rare win/shutout, they'll complain that ted will think that since they pitched a shutout, there's no need to sign a D Man this offseason. you know it's coming.

Posted by: Olie | April 3, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, #37 pitched a shut out against a team that just had their playoff wind taken out of their sails in Carolina. They scored one goal against a B league goalie. Ted, start withdrawals from your Swiss Bank Account we need some veterans.

Posted by: AGP | April 3, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik,

Any word/guess on what happened to Semin?
Inquiring minds want to know.
...and pathetic Caps bloggers.

Posted by: Pete | April 3, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"Kolzig goes out and gets his first shutout victory since 2004"...My question is, is there such a thing as a shutout loss??? Way to go Olie, looked good last night, a win is a win and a shutout is a shutout.

Posted by: Jarrod | April 4, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Jarrod. Great game last night, and I hope Olie wins the Masterson.
He deserves it!

Posted by: kenhockey | April 4, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, if there was a Masterton for hockey writers, you would be a shoe in! ;-)

Seriously, do your fellow writers ever discuss how "lucky" some are to follow good teams, while the others......" ?

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 4, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Jarrod --

One could record a shutout through regulation and OT, but lose in the shoot-out. I was watching a game last week (Calgary and Minnesota I beleive) that ended 0-0, and went to a shootout. Both goalies get credit for a shutout, even though the one loses.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | April 5, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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