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Lady Byng Leader

At the beginning of November, I picked Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks as the Lady Byng Trophy leader.  While he is a contender for the award, I don't think he is the leader on his own San Jose team.  Joe Thornton has more points (31 vs. 28) and fewer penalty minutes (2 vs. 6).  Joe Thornton is a better Lady Byng Trophy candidate. 

Thornton is a future Hall of Famer who has won the Hart Trophy, but he has never been a serious Lady Byng Trophy candidate before this season.  In fact, he has exceeded 100 penalty minutes three times in his earlier career.  The veteran Thornton has played a more and more sportsmanlike game.  In 2011/12 he had 31 penalty minutes in 82 games played.  He is on pace to significantly reduce that total this year.  He is also on pace to have his best offensive season since 2008. 

Joe Thornton is a top NHL player who has had a very good career.  He might be on pace to increase his Hall of Fame credentials with another good season that could lead to the Lady Byng Trophy.

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Chet's avatar

zata

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/06/13 at 04:50 AM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Would Joe ‘take it out’ for Lady Bing?

Posted by TheFreak on 12/06/13 at 10:24 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I don’t know if he’s stopped this recently, but Joe’s come up as petulant in situations before. He’s known to trash talk and has a reputation as a bit of a diver.

If we’re looking solely at points production versus penalty minutes taken, then Thornton would be an ok candidate, but among the trophies which include the most “intangibles”, the Lady Byng is right up there with the Masterton.

All in all, if I had to pick a Byng candidate from the Sharks, I’d take Patrick Marleau.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/06/13 at 10:36 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Ha!  I completely forgot about the joke he made about pulling his member out if he scored four goals.

That’s going to disqualify him from this award.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/06/13 at 10:40 AM ET

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