Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/17/09 at 11:12 AM ET
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
...Julien recently reacted as if a reporter had tossed him a hot brick when he asked if center Marc Savard was a leading candidate for this year’s Hart Trophy that goes to the regular season’s most valuable player.
Julien hates bragging more than he hates turnovers, but he still gave Savard his due, albeit a little reluctantly.
“Oh, you’re not going to get me to talk about those things,” Julien said, laughing. “I think he deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done so far this year, there’s no doubt about that.
“But really, we’ve pushed all those things aside as a group and we’ve focused on team accomplishments. If that happens, so be it, but we’re just trying to stay away from all that kind of stuff.”
Yet, the credentials for a Hart candidacy are there.
Savard, Boston’s first-line center, leads the NHL with a plus-29 rating and is tied for third with 38 assists. His 52 points place him fourth in NHL scoring. Savard has 17 multiple-point games, including a high of four points on Dec. 18, an 8-5 home victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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