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Defining The Hart Trophy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Has the time come for the NHL to change the way it defines the Hart Trophy? Currently, the award – voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association – goes to the player adjudged “to be the most valuable to his team.”

This, annually, trips up voters, and it did again this year, when Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals won his second MVP award over Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Presumably, Crosby lost out to Ovechkin for two reasons. First, he missed the final month of the season because of a broken jaw and thus played just 36 games; and two, his team didn’t collapse under the weight of his absence and still managed to finish first overall in the Eastern Conference.

How else to explain why the vote went the way it did? Ovechkin had the same number of points as Crosby – 56 – but had 12 extra games to get to that number. In fact, despite his lengthy absence, Crosby held the scoring lead until five days remained in the regular season when the eventual scoring champion, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, passed him. Crosby finished in a tie for third with Ovechkin, one point behind Tampa’s Steve Stamkos. Neither Stamkos nor St. Louis were factors in the Hart balloting because their team wasn’t a playoff contender and both were roughly equal in terms of their contributions to the team’s success, what little there was of it.


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Hank1974's avatar

What a joke.
Ovi ‘earned’ 72% of his points against sub-.500 teams. Crosby, less than 50% of his points against under .500 teams.

Ovie was also completely invisible the first half of the season and relies almost exclusively on the PP to be an offensive factor.
Crosby had 1 less ES goal than Ovie - again, with 12 less games.

Ovie winning this was a joke and I hope the writers who voted for him are burying their stupid heads in a wet diaper after seeing how the “MVP” performed in the first round of the playoffs.

Ovie is the most one-dimensional ‘star’ I’ve seen in this league in a long time.
Terrible on defense, average on ES, unable to make those around him better (how many assists come from his rebounds), and despite having some decent moves is devoid of offensive imagination and has a very average. to below average hockey IQ.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/15/13 at 09:28 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/15/13 at 09:28 PM ET

But the argument is Most VALUABLE Player. When you miss 1/4 of the season and your team doesn’t truly falter you can’t be considered an MVP, I don’t care if you’re the best player in the world. If the Penguins had pulled a Colts-like implosion when he went out and gone 2-10, lost the #1 seed, etc., then you’d have an argument. It’s a blessing and a curse for Crosby to play on a team that can lose a superstar and still keep chugging along in the regular season. The Caps were nothing when Ovie was playing poorly, he turns it on they win their division. Truthfully, I think Bob should’ve won it because Columbus should’ve been like Florida this year but he carried that team to the cusp of the playoffs.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/16/13 at 03:01 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar

The Ted Lindsay trophy goes to the most outstanding player.

I honestly don’t see how you can make an argument for Sidney Crosby. It’s between Tavares or Ovechkin and I’d argue that Tavares is way more important for the success of the Islanders than Ovechkin is for the Caps.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 06/16/13 at 08:18 PM ET

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Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 06/16/13 at 08:18 PM ET

I forgot about Tavares, yeah, he probably should be right there with Ovie also.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/17/13 at 11:07 AM ET

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