Tampa Bay Lightning
Bolts' St. Louis in spotlight as NHL hands out awards
Award season in the NHL arrives today, just as the spotlight on the Stanley Cup finals shines brightly.
Lightning star Marty St. Louis will again be among the league's best and brightest when the hardware is handed out. The 2004 league MVP captured his second Art Ross Trophy after leading the league with 60 points this season and is a finalist for the Lady Byng and Ted Lindsay awards.
The Byng recognizes gentlemanly play, and the Lindsay honors the players'? selection for MVP.
Because the NHL lockout shortened the season to 48 games and pushed back the start of the postseason, the league will not hold its annual awards show in Las Vegas. Instead, it will announce the winners during television shows today and Saturday.
Today's show, which includes the Lady Byng announcement, will air on NHL Network at 5 p.m. The major awards, including the Lindsay, will air Saturday on NBC at 7 p.m. as the lead-in to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
While St. Louis has been a finalist for the Byng seven times and won the trophy twice, this is only his second nomination for the Lindsay, which is voted on by members of the NHL Players'? Association.
?"To me, that's the biggest award, to be a finalist for that is pretty cool," St. Louis said. ?"The biggest reason why I didn't expect to be on the list is because our team was not making the playoffs. That's why I was surprised."??
Other finalists for the Byng are Chicago's Patrick Kane and the New York Islanders'? Matt Moulson. Other finalists for the Lindsay are Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
SWISS STAR SIGNED: The Lightning signed forward Retu Suri on a one-year contract, but the 6-foot, 187-pound native of Switzerland will remain in the Swiss Elite League next season with Zug. Suri, 24, helped the Swiss win the silver medal at this year's World Championships, registering five goals and eight points.
Suri told the website www.20min.ch he wants to stay home next season to continue his development and hopes to make the Switzerland Olympic team in February. But by signing Suri to a contract for this season, even though he will not be coming to North America, Tampa Bay will retain his rights heading into the 2014-15 season. Suri told the website he intends to attend training camp with the Lightning in 2014.