Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 4/30/12

The Philadelphia Flyers despite an amazing off-season remake of their team, a rookie leading goal scorer, a celebrity coach, a budding superstar and a surefire Hall of Famer elder statesman of the game were shut out of every single major NHL award this season.

When Paul Holmgren was shut out of the Executive of the Year award in the NHL, I thought it was an oversight. I understood some of the other choices, but felt strongly that Holmgren should have at least been a finalist for the award. Holmgren made bold off-season moves and totally re-made the Flyers. Not only did he do that, he had a team that had a heck of a season on the strength of no less than 11 rookies.

One of those rookies, 24-year old Matt Read led all rookies in goals this season. I understood that his age may have been a drawback, but the fact is the guy made an almost seamless transition to the NHL after playing for Bemidji State last year. The streak of never having a Calder Trophy Winner as the NHL’s rookie of the year stayed in tact, as again, Read didn’t even make the final 3.

Claude Giroux took his game to a whole different level this year and became the superstar that many believed he was going to be. His 93 points this season were the most by a Flyers’ player since Eric Lindros scored 93 in the 1998-1999 campaign. Giroux developed into an elite player and unquestioned leader. He was not a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP despite an amazing season. Not a second look.

The finalists for coach of the year were announced today, and as expected now, Peter Laviolette was not among the three finalists either. Forget that Laviolette led this very young team to 100+ point season. Forget the fact that he became a bit of a celebrity after the cameras of HBO’s 24/7 showed us a look at the man behind the pensive gum chewing. Laviolette has done an amazing job with this team. After the Flyers disbanded the old leadership of the team, Laviolette found ways to get leadership from some unexpected places. And his team has been the very definition of a team. They play with each other in mind and always have each other’s backs. Not to mention they played well without their Captain when they lost Chris Pronger early in the season. Not even a nod.

I guess the NHL has no love for the Flyers. The sportswriters across hockey are the ones that cast the votes for these awards, but they seriously missed the boat on a couple of these. In the end, it is not any of the awards the NHL gives out at a banquet that any of these Flyers are interested in anyway. The trophy they want can only be won by earning 16 postseason victories…Similar Posts:

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