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Poll: Who will win the 2012 Lady Byng Trophy?

Apr 23, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

Lady Byng

As mentioned earlier, the NHL has named Brian Campbell, Jordan Eberle and Matt Moulson its finalists for the 2012 Lady Byng Award.

Okay, look…both you and I know neither of us is super stoked on reading about the sportsmanship award. So I’m going to bypass the usual lengthy preamble and give the straight goods:

– This award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, meaning it’ll probably go to the guy that’s nicest to the media (or, less jerkish than the others.) That’s just how hockey writers work. There are grapes with thicker skin.

– Campbell and Moulson had six PIM, Eberle had 10. That said, four of Moulson’s came on a single play, when he received a double-minor roughing penalty against Calgary. I feel this both hurts and helps his chances of winning. Hurts because he must’ve done something fairly egregious to get a double roughing minor, helps because he essentially took one penalty over an 81 game span. That’s pretty good.

Onto the poll…

  1. bearcountry17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Milan Lucic

    • polegojim - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Sorry Mike…. I actually despise this award.

      If I was the HC and any of my players won it, I’d dock their pay and bench them….

      Good Sportsmanship – excellent, awesome, love it, all
      Gentlemenly play? – give me a break

  2. rtrmusic - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Matt Cooke

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      I thought Matt Cooke would be the “Lock of the week” after his play this year. He should definitely be on the list. This coming from a Wings fan.

  3. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Not Matt Read

    Ohhh here comes Philly fans crying at me for picking on their team again.

    Sorry for being right that Matt Read would not even get nominated. Ill purposely be wrong next time and let most of yas think you’re gonig to be right.

  4. GenoPringles - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Soupcan Sidney Crosby will win this. No Doubt about it….Probably most respected player of all time.

    • terriers4 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Are you kidding me? Most respected player of all time? only in Pittsburgh maybe.

  5. howardforvezina - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Awww, Genopringles snapped like a chip.

  6. drewsylvania - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Bradfi Torrchand.

  7. bcisleman - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Not sure about the Calgary double minor for Matt Moulson. I’ve tweeted Arthur Staple to see if he remembers it.

    The reason Moulson deserves it is highlighted in this video. It shows Cane D Gleason crushing Matt. Matt’s post is generally in front of or near the net and he takes a lot of abuse…but never retaliates. The same thing was shown in the last PIT game at NVMC. Brooks Orpik bodyslammed Moulson to the ice and then slashed him in the face. Even though the latter drew blood and required stitches, Moulson didn’t retaliate. He is of the same mind as mentor and frequent Byng winner Mike Bossy: nothing is going to distract him from his mission to score goals:

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Zac rinaldo…. Lol

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