Explaining a Calder Trophy finalist snub, plus the Friday mailbag

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His timing couldn’t have been better. On the day the Calder Trophy finalists were announced, Nashville’s Filip Forsberg was the odd man out. Four players deserved to be finalists, but there were spots for only three: Aaron Ekblad, Mark Stone and Johnny Gaudreau.

Barring some monumental miracle or a clerical error, Forsberg will finish fourth in the voting. He responded to Thursday's news about the best way a player can -- with a playoff hat trick, keeping the Predators' season alive.

There was going to be debate on this award regardless of who was left off; there’s also a case to be made for Dallas defenseman John Klingberg