His competition is fierce, but if you ask around the hockey world today, people think Flyers captain Mike Richards has a good shot at taking some hardware home from Las Vegas tonight. He's one of three nominees for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league's best defensive forward.
Also nominated are Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and last year's winner, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings. Most people seem to think it's a two man race between Datsyuk and Richards. Richards might not give a better speech than Datsuyk, but if you ask me, he's more deserving.
And I'm not biased or anything.
In addition to Richie's hopeful victory tonight, Flyers goaltending coach Reggie Lemelin is presenting an award. If you're hanging around use this as a live thread for the awards show, which starts at 7:30 PM ET on Versus.
UPDATE - Datsyuk wins the Selke.