Saturday, February 02, 2008

An early vote for the Hart Trophy

22 Comments:

At 3:20 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous Alex said...

Crosby's injury has given us a chance to focus on some other real talent and its allowed Ovechkin to come out of a bit of a shadow.

Im gonna come out and say that Ovechkin is just as good as Crosby. And more entertaining.

 
At 3:52 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous FrenchKheldar said...

Nicklas Lidstrom for a wonderful season capping an incredible career (but who knows, he might be even better next year !). Ovechkin will win other Hart trophies in his career...

 
At 3:57 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Washington, we've always known Ovechkin is a real talent. It's only now that everyone doesn't have their nose up Crosby's ass that they are getting to realize this fact.

4 goals, 1 assist, um-teen stitches, bloodied lip and a broken nose in one game.

Crosby would have been crying and complaining after just the lip.

 
At 4:00 PM, February 02, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Two things, actually, I think are what is putting Ovechkin in the Hart Trophy race:

(1) He's leading the league in scoring and
(2) His team is winning

If he wins the Art Ross and the Capitals win that division, I'm not sure it would have mattered if Crosby had stayed healthy.

He's really put on a one-man show since signing that monster deal.

 
At 4:02 PM, February 02, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I went Lidstrom as well. His season has been flat-out dominant. AO might get more YouTube hits, but he's benefitting a lot from Crosby's injury.

Lidstrom is the class of the league without anybody having to get hurt.

 
At 4:09 PM, February 02, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I agree that Lidstrom deserves consideration, Earl, but Ovechkin has 17 goals in his last 14 games.

Even if Crosby was healthy, he'd be getting plenty of attention.

 
At 4:12 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crosby's injury has nothing to do with Ovechkin.

He's been consistent his whole career.

It the others that have the blinders (at least temporarily) removed.

 
At 4:22 PM, February 02, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Fair enough, James. Still, if I had to start a team around one player this year, it'd be Lidstrom. I'm just a sucker for wins, I guess.

 
At 5:46 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went for Lidstrom, even though he already has a trophy named after him...

...what?

Who the heck is "Norris" and how many Lidstrom trophies did he win? :)

 
At 7:54 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should give Hart to AO before he disappears like Bure, Fedorov, Jashin and others from Russia.

 
At 11:23 PM, February 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>In Washington, we've always known Ovechkin is a real talent. It's only now that everyone doesn't have their nose up Crosby's ass that they are getting to realize this fact.<<

I whole-heartedly agree. It's an absolute travesty how Crosby won the Calder two years ago.

 
At 11:26 PM, February 02, 2008, Blogger DMG said...

Ovechkin is 22.

After after age 22 Bure played 554 games and 343 goals and 266 assists and was forced out of the game by a knee injury.

Since age 22 Federov has played 1036 games and has 1053 points and he doesn't have the same passion for the game as Ovechkin.

Yashin is head case, so that's not a very good comparison.

 
At 12:27 AM, February 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ovechkin is doomed.

His reckless style of play will result in injuries which will take him from the lineup, and he'll be just another guy people talk about when they start saying, "what if."

Where is Sundin on this list? I'm reading a lot of stories about how awesome he is, and how he'll win any team the Cup he goes to - isn't that textbook Hart value?

Add Sundin please.

 
At 12:53 AM, February 03, 2008, Blogger DMG said...

I agree that Ovechkin's style of play could lead to injuries.

On the other hand, he's 6'3'', 225 and had missed only one game in his NHL career thus far.

 
At 12:58 PM, February 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'I whole-heartedly agree. It's an absolute travesty how Crosby won the Calder two years ago.'

Ovechkin has won Calder Trophy 2 years ago actually

 
At 1:25 PM, February 03, 2008, Blogger V. said...

Just want to remind that last year when Crosby got his league leading assists, Caps where out of playoffs early, Ovechkin's center Zubrus was traded and he finished with 46 goals (what a bad season!). In the meantime Crosby enjoyed raking assists with the likes of Malkin, Recci, Gonchar, etc. Only this year I am happy with Ovie's linemates of Kozlov and Backstrom. If Ovechkin plays long enough, he'll erase a lot of records, if not (because of him playing on edge), tune your TV to Caps games and enjoy every minute of it now... if you love hockey.

 
At 1:24 AM, February 04, 2008, Blogger Heather B. said...

I'm not a huge Alfredsson fan, but he definitely belongs in the discussion. It's possible that it's just a combination of his absence on top of Heatley's that sends the Sens over the edge but there's no denying that when he's out of the line-up they suddenly look like they've never played hockey together in their lives.

 
At 2:39 AM, February 04, 2008, Blogger Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

Where is Sundin on this list? I'm reading a lot of stories about how awesome he is, and how he'll win any team the Cup he goes to - isn't that textbook Hart value?

The sarcasm is strong in this one. Brings an interesting question though: Has the mvp of a season ever been traded during that season?

 
At 2:41 AM, February 04, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yes: Joe Thornton.

 
At 8:53 AM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I whole-heartedly agree. It's an absolute travesty how Crosby won the Calder two years ago."

Snide comment aside, it's funny how when discussing the Calder two years ago, most people say Ovechkin narrowly beat Crosby when, in fact, it wasn't even close.

Just because he isn't your darling Canadian...

 
At 8:55 AM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

'I whole-heartedly agree. It's an absolute travesty how Crosby won the Calder two years ago.'

Ovechkin has won Calder Trophy 2 years ago actually

12:58 PM, February 03, 2008"

The previous commenter knew that, it's called sarcasm.

 
At 11:06 AM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I whole-heartedly agree. It's an absolute travesty how Crosby won the Calder two years ago."

Snide comment aside, it's funny how when discussing the Calder two years ago, most people say Ovechkin narrowly beat Crosby when, in fact, it wasn't even close.

Just because he isn't your darling Canadian...
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LOL. I made that previous "snide" comment. I'm not Canadian; I'm from Detroit. Ovechkin's awesome -- no one has ever overlooked him. Don't be such a martyr.

 

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