The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs aren't set to resume until next month, but the NHL has some pretty exciting things happening next week.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi, the NHL will begin announcing award finalists on Tuesday, July 14, beginning with the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the league's "most outstanding player in the regular season."
.@NHL will name finalists:— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) July 10, 2020
Tues., July 14: Ted Lindsay Award
Wed., July 15: Jack Adams Award, Calder Trophy
Thurs., July 16: Lady Byng Trophy, Masterton Trophy
Fri., July 17: Willie O'Ree Award, Vezina Trophy
Mon., July 20: Norris Trophy, Selke Trophy
Tues., July 21: Hart Trophy
The 2020 NHL Awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it's more than likely the awards will be presented virtually or at one of the hub cities following the completion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Last year's award winners are as follows:
Many of these players (and coaches) will be up for the same awards again this season after a stellar 2019-20 campaign.
The announcement of the finalists certainly will stir the pot ahead of the playoffs, and it will absolutely make things interesting ... despite the award selection not being based on postseason performance.