Wide open race for Hart (MVP) Trophy

Posted: 04/05/2013 by bc in Uncategorized

Via Scott Cullen tsn.ca:

Hart race wide open.

Cullen still gives the Hart to Crosby but with very faulty reasoning. The question isn’t as Cullen bloviates, isn’t has our Ducks Ryan Getzlaf or the other runners up, Jonathon Toews been 25% better than The Next One.

Cullen turns the Hart race into little more than a stat competition.

The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to be the “player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” during the season. Stats of course are a factor to be considered but there is also the more difficult to quantify, “value to his team” standard.

BTW, this blog has launched a #Hart2Getz hashtag on Twitter. Please use it if you tweet. I submitted to our Ducks Twitter account but they didn’t pick it up and make it their own. So we’ll do it for them and Ryan Getzlaf.

Bascially, the Ducks captain is realizing his potential as Brian Burke defined it. You might recall Burkey said, “He can be as good as he wants to be.” Getz is also do all of the things, primarily, sucking up the cheap shots and not retaliating or whining, keeping the feet moving, shooting and going to the net that this blog has asked of him.

Hazy has talked about Getz’ much improved defensive play season. He’s right but I see that as a by product of skating. Additionally, Getz isn’t trying to force plays or get cute out there.

  1. bbdux93 says:

    So many people who write about hockey have an East coat bias and of those teams the Penquins seem to be their darlings. Most players on that team seem to be discussed in relationship to what they can do to support Sidney Crosby. Asking the writers to set aside their reverence for all things Sid is perhaps asking more of them than they are capable of doing.
    Rant done!

    • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

      It really is sad that the Western Conference just barely gets a footnote…The Western Conference is the most competitive.

    • bc says:

      Okay bb, let me try and give you some ammo that you might stick or post somewhere in the Eastern bias hockeyverse:

      In a year when Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne are stat challenged and though Cam Fowler’s great leap forward isn’t showing up in his offensive numbers and other than some stellar goaltending and crafty coaching from Gabby, Ryan Getzlaf *is* the reason our Ducks have gone from 11th in the West to 3rd overall and on everybody’s short list of Stanley Cup contenders.

      Crosby, Toews, Stamkos et al are great players having great seasons but nobody in the NHL has been more valuable to his team than Ryan Getzlaf.

      Much of what Getz has done, dominating slot to slot 20+ minutes per game, has made the rest possible even when’s he’s off the ice.

      Ryan Getzlaf has sacrificed the player he wanted to be, a Big Joe clone, to become a complete hockey player in his own right.

      His growth in personal terms from the big mouthed wannabe bar brawler in Finland to the stone cold pro of a leader he is today is also a compelling story unmatched from the professional profile groomed goody two shoes in the East.

      The argument for Toew fails when Getz powers our Ducks past the Blackhawks and maybe to a Campbell and/or President’s Cup.

      I’ll gladly advocate #Hart2Getz all day long.

  2. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    I think Sid has had a solid year. However, Getz has had a great year. I always felt he had potential…he has come into his own. At this point, he should definitely be considered for the Hart and BB the Adams. However, Blue Jackets coach could also be considered for the Adams.

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