Friday, June 13, 2008

2007-08 Lady Byng voting

The Byng votes are all over the place, with 96 players receiving one vote or more. Which means almost 15 per cent of the NHL is gentlemanly and sportsmanlike, at least in the views of some of the PHWA:

It's good to see Nick Lidstrom narrowly missed out on a nomination, as defencemen really should be considered for this thing more often. Ovechkin at ninth is a nice thought; he plays and hits hard, but is generally clean and would be an inspired choice.

You get the feeling this is the "vote for the hometown good guy award" more than anything. The players don't take it seriously and I'm not so sure the voters do either. (Although there aren't any enforcers on the list, as we've seen in the past.)

What the giant list speaks to, more than anything, is how hard it is to pin down just who should win this silly thing. It's probably time to redefine what it's given out for and honour some of the league's elder statesmen.



At 7:46 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has there EVER been more gentlemanly hockey player than Nick Lidström?

He doesn't do anything (except steal the puck) to players from other team but it goes even deeper... nobody does anything to Lidas either.

You can't hit Jeesus.

At 2:46 a.m., June 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange to see Brendan Morrow with a second-place vote... didn't he have over 100 PIMs?

At 7:25 p.m., June 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shock to see 2 flyers players in top 20 voting. i thought the lady byng died on broad st.

At 2:03 a.m., June 15, 2008, Anonymous Dolemite said...

Damon Lankow got votes? Man all he did was stand around and do nothing like the majority of his teammates this season.

At 3:01 p.m., June 16, 2008, Anonymous Hebsie99 said...

Lidstrom had the second most first-place votes but didnt garner a nomination. That is odd. Maybe it shouldn't be a point system but the top three first place getters. He certainly deserved a nomination over Pominville.


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