Here is how the NHL describes the award...
"Everyone has his own definition of what constitutes "most valuable." It may not always be the player who scored the most goals or recorded the greatest number of points, but in the case of this year's nominees for the Hart Trophy, the National Hockey League's MVP award, it's hard to argue what they meant to their respective clubs."
...i'm sorry not one of those three meant more to their team than Hank did to the Rangers. Period.
...all three of the those teams are in the playoffs without the nominees, while the Rangers are fighting to stay out of last place without Lundqvist.
It was tough for any of the Rangers to get nominated for hardware when all of the NYC area press was boycotting the voting process.
Deleted my post accidentally...sorry about that. I hear what you guys are saying about the potential return in a trade for Hank. I guess I'm just frustrated watching the team score 1 goal a game. I'm desperate for some offense and trying to think the best way to obtain it....in bunches.
Hank should have at least been nominated. St. Luis is a joke and so is Sedin. I didn't know the Hart trophy was all about scoring titles now.
No way you can argue with those 3. Hank is not a bona fide MVP candidate despite what he means to this team. I also don't think the ducks make the playoffs at all without perry, but there is more to the award than being the most important reason your team makes the playoffs. Hank is a stud, he is the MVP of this rangers team, but he's not an NHL MVP.
I didn't mean take out Hank and get into the playoffs. That would be suicide. What i meant was if you are wondering why Hank got snubbed, look at games like the Isles and Thrashers down the stretch where he got killed in a net. Had he done better in those games along with a few others, maybe they would have climbed the standing and making people take notice what he was doing in net. When you look at the standings and see the Ranger barely hanging on, you don't realize how important he is to his team.
and Yes, Kovalchuk can suck it for what he did this season. Being Rangers fans, you dont read my site but if you did, you'd see im not so much of a Kovalchuk supporter.
Agree on some points. I don't know enough about Perry/Ducks, St Louis/Tampa to really comment on them, although I do think that there might be a case for saying the Ducks don't make the playoffs without Perry's late season surge. It was awfully close out west for a long time.
However, Sedin being named is nuts. You can't take away the fact that he had a stellar season. Points are points, and he racked them up. But on that Canucks team, people were there to cover for him had he not been there - they did exactly that when he was hurt last year, and Vancouver didn't suffer. That to me says he's not most valuable. (Henrik had a better case last year when he stepped it up in Daniel's absence.)
I think a lot of arguments could be made for a lot of players, Lundqvist included, and Sedin just doesn't stand up to those.
some might argue that it was Hanks fault they were fighting for a playoff spot. Had he done better in a few games down the stretch, they would have sat in a better spot
@ChrisM I've been very critical of Hank in the playoffs, but this year while the numbers may say differently he was not outplayed by Neuvirth. Loss was on offensive futility.
You would never get a proper return for Lundqvist unless you're getting back a Malkin, Crosby or Ovchkin. Lundqvist is the closest to a sure thing in goal in the NHL and I'm not sure another team would be willing to give back a sure thing on offense, plus draft picks are hit or miss. So answer is an emphatic no.
@ChrisM What and start Biron? You would honestly have to score 5 goals every game to win basically. It would be tough. But I don't think we have any goalies in the system that could step up quick. We would have to draft one and get lucky. Tough to find goaltenders man. Not worth it. Hank is too good. But if we had a like Craig Anderson it could be worth it, because he's good but replaceable. Hank isn't replaceable.
@KingBadaBing St Louis is not a joke. Hart trophy aside, he can play hockey and he drives that offense. Just ask his peers...or Lester B. Pearson.
@RWTDblog Why would we read your site? Chico and Dano's all the Dev nonsense I need.
@Random_Ranger Yeah, my argument isn't so much a criticism of the three chosen (they all are deserving candidates), I just feel Hank meant more to his team this season.
@RWTDblog You can't be serious. You think if you replace Lundqvist with Chad Johnson down the stretch the Rangers still grab the 8th seed? No freaking way. If Lundqvist is ever out with an injury, the team would probably lose almost every game played without him in net.
Oh you bitter Devils fan. Maybe if Kovalchuk didn't take 1/2 the season off he might have been in the running as well.