Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/02/11 at 01:17 PM ET
from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
When I asked Toews if he was prepared for the inevitable MVP talk this month, he responded with everything but aw, shucks. The way Rose has mastered.
“As a leader of your hockey club nobody’s looking for that kind of attention,’’ Toews said. “Every team has a player they think fits into that category so I don’t really know about that. It would be pretty amazing even to be considered.’‘
Rest assured Toews will be because it’s an open race. Sidney Crosby likely has missed too much time with a concussion. High-scoring Alex Ovechkin has struggled with only two more goals than Toews (23) heading into Tuesday night. Phenom Steven Stamkos of the Lightning, 21, leads the league in goals and will get votes. Daniel Sedin of the Canucks, along with teammate Ryan Kesler, will warrant attention too.
But Toews, with a Conn Smythe trophy and Stanley Cup ring hard to ignore, might have more hockey cachet. He commands respect as a consistent two-way player who still ranks 10th in the league in scoring and wins 57 percent of his faceoffs.
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