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Campbell, Eberle and Moulson are your Lady Byng candidates

Apr 23, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

Brian Campbell

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy isn’t the most coveted award in the NHL. In fact, it’s the only award that can be used as an insult. As in, “They’re not going to win if (blank) keeps playing like a Lady Byng candidate.”

But its list of winners still includes names like Wayne Gretzky, Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis, Ron Francis, Mike Bossy, Marcel Dionne, and numerous other stars.

Besides, even in a tough sport like hockey, there’s nothing wrong with being the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

This year’s nominees, as announced today by the NHL, are Brian Campbell (Panthers), Jordan Eberle (Oilers) and Matt Moulson (Islanders).

If we had to pick a favorite, we’d give it to Campbell, if only because he’s played a lot more games than the other two. Though of his three minor penalties this season, one of them was for slashing, and that’s not very gentlemanly at all.

  1. bcisleman - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Campbell hasn’t played a lot more games than Moulson. Moulson just played a lot of his games in college and the AHL. Of course, that’s irrelevant as the award is about what they did THIS YEAR and they both played in all 82 this year.

    I do not doubt that Campbell is deserving in his own way. Moulson, however, should get the award. He is constantly giving himself up in front of the net and taking vicious hits with out retaliating. In a recent game at NVMC, Brooks Orpik bodyslammed him to the ice and then slashed him in the face, requiring multiple stitches. the bodyslam was called but the slash was not. Other than protesting the non-call to the officials, Moulson said nothing. He merely went in, got stitched and came out to finish the game.

    Like his mentor Mike Bossy, he repeatedly takes horrendous abuse but will not allow it to distract him from his mission: to score goals which he does very well. Like his mentor, he should win the Byng.

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