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Crosby, Sedin Stand in Ovie’s Way for Third Straight MVP

From the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby:

Alex Ovechkin has often grumped about settling for an individual prize at the NHL awards when he really wanted the big silver cup they hand out on the ice.

Well, move it on over Ovie, you’ll have plenty of disgruntled company Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

The list of various nominees is full of Capitals, Penguins, Red Wings, Canucks, Sharks and Sabres, teams that had started the year in search of Stanley, but lost their bearings. Duncan Keith is the only member of the Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to be represented, up for the Norris Trophy, and you won’t find any members of the Eastern finalist Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens in the mix for the major awards.

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Frankly, I will be a little disappointed if Crosby doesn’t win the Hart trophy. Even if the awards are only consolation prices in the grand Stanley Cup scheme of things.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 06/22/10 at 11:37 AM ET

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Same here…

And for the folks that think (if) Sid wins because OV missed all those games, that’s exactly how he started this run.  Sid was leading the league in points, Pens were flying high, and then he had the high ankle sprain which allowed OV to pass him in points, and the rest is history.

Posted by Greg on 06/22/10 at 11:48 AM ET

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I think a good case can be made for any of the three.  Of course, I’d like to see Crosby win, but I would have rather had a repeat of last year.  I think Ovechkin will get it though.  Like most trophies, once you win it once (In AO’s case back to back), you are more likely to win it again.  I think in voter’s minds, he didn’t miss enough time/lose enough numbers for them to justify him not getting it, even though the cast/system around him has gotten more offensive. 

I also must admit, on my own part, that it’s a shame I didn’t watch Sedin more often this year, so I really can’t comment on the type of year he had.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 06/22/10 at 12:30 PM ET

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I’m personally leaning towards Sedin, but I think Ovechkin would be the weakest of the three candidates.  Crosby helped carry the Penguins through a relatively horrible year for Evgeni Malkin while Sedin helped carry the Canucks into a strong regular season finish and did his best playing while his brother was out of the lineup and the Canucks were on NHL history’s longest road trip thanks to the Olympics.  Either of them is a better choice than Ovechkin, who was very valuable to his team to be sure, but without whom, the Capitals would have done just fine.  You can argue that the Penguins or the Canucks might not make the playoffs if their candidates weren’t there.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/22/10 at 01:10 PM ET

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...but without whom, the Capitals would have done just fine.

To your point, the Caps were 7-2-1 without Ovechkin in the line-up.I know it’s a small sample and it would be very difficult to keep up that percentage for whole season but they still would be a good team. Him being out 10 games and them winning at a higher rate should have a negative effect on his nomination,IMO.
As for H. Sedin, he definitely took it up a notch this season, which coincidently so did he brother on a per-game basis. The fact that it happened for Henrik while Daniel was injured is quite amazing. He even started to score more goals. Then when Daniel game back he started producing at just about the same rate as H. They are uncanny. He is worthy of the Hart. 
Then there is Sid, who just keeps getting better.

Sid in 2010!

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/22/10 at 02:45 PM ET

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Crosby or Sedin, I can’t see how Ovechkin could be the most valuable to his team when The Caps had a better win% without him.

Posted by Killerdg93 on 06/22/10 at 02:45 PM ET

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If the category was truly defined as “most important to his team” then there would likely be three different candidates.  To make it that now is a bit particular in how it is viewed.  Where would Buffalo be without Miller?  Or Philly without Pronger?  Or LA without Doughty?  Or Colorado without Stastny? 

At the end of the day, you can hope and pray who wins it, but the award is generally given to those who the voters think is the overall best player in the League for any given year.  This year, there are three fine candidates, all worthy.  Just like the Calder…

Now the Vezina is another story…

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 06/23/10 at 12:55 AM ET

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Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I’m not a local) on 06/22/10 at 10:55 PM ET

I would happily support Miller for the Most Valuable Player award, but he’s not among the three finalists.  Personally, I think it’s unfair that goaltenders don’t seem to get equal consideration (or defensemen for that matter), because it seems to voters that the Vezina and the Norris are those positions’ versions of the Hart.  I think that’s dumb.

If you want to talk best player among those three, then it’s between Crosby and Ovechkin with me giving the nod to Crosby.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/23/10 at 01:03 AM ET

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