Last night I posted some of the PHWA voting totals for the NHL Awards that the Senators’ players and Paul MacLean were finalists for. Well, as it turns out, a few of Ottawa’s other players also received some votes, so I’m going to take the time to acknowledge these votes.
GM Bryan Murray was rewarded with two second place votes and four third place votes for the job that his staff did retooling the Ottawa Senators. It’s unfortunate that the PHWA voting process was conducted prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, otherwise Paul Holmgren may have received more credit for turning the Los Angeles Kings into a Cup winner.
Alfredsson (1-2-3-2-6), Karlsson (1-0-0-0-0) and Spezza (0-0-0-1-0) all received votes for the Lady Byng Trophy. Spezza also finished sixth (0-2-14-11-17) in Hart Trophy balloting while Karlsson finished eighth (0-0-4-7-11).
Jared Cowen received some fifth place votes for the Calder Trophy while Colin Greening didn't receive any support.