Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hart nominees announced

Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the player judged "the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12 during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout Canada on CBC and the United States on VERSUS from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.
>> league release
I'm pretty surprised there's no Nick Lidstrom here, but defencemen always get shortchanged with this award. And Iginla had a terrific season in the lower-scoring Western Conference.

There's no chance Ovechkin doesn't win.

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At 12:46 p.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) We agree. Ovechki now has a clear path to the Hart. We felt Lidstrom was his biggest obstacle to sweeping all the awards this June. Its hard to imagine how Lidstrom was omitted with the year he had.

At 1:25 p.m., April 29, 2008, Anonymous Ryan said...

Lidstrom was incredible for the first half of the season, but he lost the nomination in the second. He was +46 up until the Wings start losing in their wonky February. Then he went -7 over 7 games (including his only two -3 games this year) until he was injured, and closed out the season +1 in 14 games. For those of you keeping score, that's 55 games where he was usually the best player on the ice every night, and (including his 6 game injury) 27 games--a third of the season--where he simply was not.

At 1:29 p.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger Timothy said...

I suppose health is a factor towards the award to. If you can't keep yourself healthy enough to make a contribution, it is detrimental to your chances of being nominated. The Red Wings, of course, had a huge slide when he was out of the line-up for those six or seven games. Iginla, Malkin, and Ovechkin all played 82 games.

I guess that's why the award is for the most valuable player, and not for the largest-detriment-to-his-team-when-not-playing.

Who would be nominated for that one this year? Probably Lidstrom, Niedermayer, and Sakic?

At 1:46 p.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I believe the team was 3-3-1 with him out of the lineup.

At 1:52 p.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger Stoosh said...

All three of them are deserving of the nomination, and I can't say that if one wins, the other two got jobbed.

Lidstrom probably suffers a bit as a defenseman, just as Malkin may suffer from the fact that Crosby was still in the lineup with him for half the season. But I also think taking Lidstrom out of Detroit's lineup does less damage than removing any of the other three from their respective lineups.

Washington w/o Ovechkin = mud
Calgary w/o Iginla = mud

At 2:30 p.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

I was just gonna say something similar. I don't think there's a credible argument against any of those three, unlike some other award nominees (*cough*Phaneuf*cough*).

At 2:37 p.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Unless I misunderstand completely, what the NHL calls its "nominees" are really just the top three vote getters, with the winner's name to be released later. Lidstrom didn't get "omitted" so much as he (likely) came in fourth.

At 3:30 p.m., April 29, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

Obviously Ovechkin is going to run away with this one.

I was hoping that Washington would miss the playoffs, not becuase I dislike the Caps, but because I wanted to see how a certain Montreal writer would have voted if Oveckin was on a non-playoff team, and there was no Habs player up for the award.

At 4:00 p.m., April 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Malkin wins it'll be back to back Penguins - have 2 players from the same team ever won the Hart back to back before?

At 4:33 p.m., April 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's happened three or four times, but the most recent were Phil Esposito (1968-69) and Bobby Orr (1969-70). Hull and Mikita did it a couple of years previously. Geoffrion and Plante did it earlier in the 60s -- so that's three times that decade.

Sakic and Forsberg won it two out of three seasons starting in 2000-01, with current teammate Theodore in between.

At 4:09 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger I Have Kasparaitis said...

I'm glad Malkin at least got a nomination. I doubt he will win but it makes me happy for him get some credit for all the hard work he has done for the Pens. He truly has been a lifesaver for the Pens along with Conklin and a few others. I don't know how well we would have been without them. Sorry for making that sound like a Penguin rant ...


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