Sidney Crosby, left, and Carl Hagelin of the Pittsburgh Penguins pose with the Stanley Cup before the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: McDavid wins Ted Lindsay Award to open show

June 21, 2017 - 8:17 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards and Vegas expansion draft (all times local):

5:16 p.m.

The first trophy of the NHL awards show has been handed out to Connor McDavid.

The Edmonton captain won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player chosen in a vote by NHL players association members. The 20-year-old NHL scoring champion also is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP.

The 91-year-old Lindsay was in attendance for the presentation, flanked by Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier.

The results of the expansion draft also will be revealed throughout the two-hour awards show. The Vegas Golden Knights begin play in the fall as the NHL's 31st franchise.

The annual awards show got underway with a performance by a Canadian rock band and a few jokes from emcee Joe Manganiello, who got laughs from a comedy bit in which he stepped into the crowd to move Sidney Crosby up to an improved seat — by asking a grinning NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to switch seats.


4:38 p.m.

Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley is eager to reveal the roster that his franchise is building through the expansion draft.

When asked to give a sneak peek at that roster before the NHL awards show, Foley grinned and replied: "Can you keep a secret? Well, so can I."

The hockey world will know the results of general manager George McPhee's machinations over the next few days, although numerous reports already have leaked out through the teams giving up players to the Golden Knights.

Even after the expansion draft results are revealed Wednesday night, that's only part of the story, because McPhee's additional trades can't be announced until Thursday morning and beyond. Many teams have swung deals with McPhee to dissuade him from choosing players that they want to keep.

"What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation," Foley said. "The people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did. They're going to be pleasantly surprised."


4:20 p.m.

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL will look to enforce slashing penalties more next season and is not interested in more expansion at this time.

Following the league's board of governors meeting, Bettman said pointless slashes to players' hands will be called more. Ottawa's Marc Methot and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau were among the players to miss time last season with hand injuries from slashes.

In response to questions about Seattle and Quebec City, Bettman says owners weren't interested in considering another expansion process. Vegas, which will announce its expansion draft selections tonight during the awards show, begins play as the 31st team next season.

Bettman also says he doesn't believe anything is "amiss" with the Chicago Blackhawks and Marian Hossa, who won't play next season because of side effects to medication for a progressive skin disorder. Hossa can be placed on long-term injured reserve, giving the Blackhawks much-needed salary relief.


3:30 p.m.

Wayne Gretzky will present the Hart Trophy as MVP to Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Sergei Bobrovsky to cap the NHL's awards show.

If McDavid wins, it would be a memorable moment as nine-time winner Gretzky presents the 20-year-old Oilers star with the trophy.

McDavid, Crosby and San Jose's Brent Burns also are up for the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player as voted by peers. Lindsay and fellow Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier will present.

Burns, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are finalists for the Norris Trophy as best defenseman. Columbus' Bobrovsky, Washington's Braden Holtby and Montreal's Carey Price are finalists for the Vezina Trophy as best goaltender.

The Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft also is part of the show.


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