The Byng nominees
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy in 2007-08, the National Hockey League announced today. The trophy is awarded to the player who has "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists.>> press release
They should really rename this trophy and redefine what it's all about because it continues to be the "high points, low PIM" award. These three were the only players among the top 20 scorers that finished with fewer than 34 PIM.
Call it the Jean Beliveau Award and give it out for leadership and sportsmanship.