Monday's Dump & Chase: The Nontraditional

Ullmark, Sorokin, Hellebuyck finalists for Vezina
Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark, New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin and Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, the NHL announced Thursday.

It looks like the Preds' brutal injury luck, and attendant poor performance, robbed Juuse Saros of some much-deserved recognition.

McDavid, Pastrnak, Tkachuk named Hart Trophy finalists
Connor McDavid, David Pastrnak and Matthew Tkachuk were named finalists for the Hart Trophy on Friday.

Well, at least it's not Erik Karlsson again. (No offense meant to Karlsson; he's a lot of fun to watch.)

Panthers drop Leafs in OT, advance to East finals
The Florida Panthers eliminated the Maple Leafs with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 5 on Friday, advancing to their first conference finals in 27 years.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nature is healing?

Tolvanen, Kartye providing lift for Kraken ahead of Game 7 against Stars
How did the Seattle Kraken go from 30th in the NHL in their inaugural season to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season? How have they had 18 goal-scorers in 13 playoff games and pulled within a win of the Western Conference Final?

Eeli Tolvanen became the first player in Seattle Kraken history to score three points in a playoff game, and he did it to stave off elimination and help force a Game 7. Great for him; great for Seattle.

Canada’s Stanley Cup drought hits 30 years after Golden Knights oust Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers, Canada’s last hope to win the Stanley Cup, were knocked out of the playoffs Sunday after losing in six games to the Vegas Golden Knights during their second-round series.

I hope Canada is ready for the absolute outrage that the fans of its six other teams will eventually experience, after decades of coverage of "Canada's" Cup drought. Imagine if we'd been told that the Blues' Cup win was something we were also supposed to celebrate, as fans of a fellow Southern hockey team.

Anyway, the Oilers are out too, which means that--speaking of Southern hockey teams--we're looking at conference finals of Florida @ Carolina and either Dallas or Seattle @ Vegas.

Source: Neko Sparks bid offering First Nations groups equity stake in Senators
Ahead of Monday’s deadline to purchase the hockey club, a source involved in the bid says the Sparks group has branched off to include First Nations communities in a way that would make them partners in the hockey club as well as a wide range of economic opportunities off the ice.

The fate of the Ottawa Senators franchise remains fascinatingly up in the air.

USA, Canada both win again at hockey worlds
The United States had to come back from a goal down to outclass newcomer Hungary 7-1 for its second win at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.

At the Men's World Championship, Team USA and Team Canada are off to a strong start.

What’s Next for Women’s Worlds
International ice hockey can be hard to follow.

The Women's World Championship, meanwhile, has concluded for the year. The Ice Garden's J Gray breaks down what next year's tournament will look like.

Tortorella embraces chance to work alongside Jones, Briere with Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers introduced two new leaders of their hockey operations department on Friday in what is being called “A New Era Of Orange.”

Well, at least he's starting off with a positive attitude.

Mallory Souliotis Continues the Work for Epilepsy Awareness
Almost four years after meeting an epileptic youth hockey player, Mallory Souliotis continues her advocacy.

Four years after she started advocating for epilepsy awareness, Connecticut Whale defender Mallory Souliotis is still hard at work.