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Marleau, O’Reilly and St. Louis named Lady Byng finalists

Apr 22, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

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On Tuesday, the NHL announced that Patrick Marleau, Ryan O’Reilly and Martin St. Louis were the three finalists for the 2014 Lady Byng Trophy.

Awarded annually to “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the Byng has been dominated by St. Louis recently, as he’s won three of the last four trophies and been a finalist in eight of the last 10 seasons.

This year, though, St. Louis should have some stiff competition.

Marleau played in all 82 games this year and averaged 20:31 TOI, yet racked up just 18 penalty minutes all season long. There was no drop-off in his offensive production, either, as Marleau scored 30 goals for the seventh time and finished second on the Sharks in scoring, with 70 points.

O’Reilly’s lack of penalty minutes was even more impressive. He was whistled for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring (1977-78, Los Angeles) as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games. Like Marleau, O’Reilly also had a stellar offensive campaign, scoring a career-best 64 points while leading Colorado in goals, with 28.

  1. hockey412 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Pulling for O’Reilly, though it seems to be a dubious honor. The guy also destroyed the rest of the league in takeaways this year. He’s done that before.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      probably also worth noting that his only penalty was for playing with a stick he didn’t realize was broken

    • 19to77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Considering that Datsyuk and St. Louis have won 7 of the last 8, I don’t really understand why people still criticize the award. These are two of the best players in recent NHL history, and O’Reilly would be a dark horse Selke candidate if not for spending much of the year on the wing. Clearly there’s got to be some merit to the Byng.

      • hockey412 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        I agree, I’m not sure why the stigmatism is there. I brought it up b/c it tends to be how it’s viewed, we celebrate PIM’s even in fantasy leagues. I’d like him for the Selke too, but his +/- is bad and his CF% is low, if you believe in such indicators.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Sorry 412, but the word you were looking for is stigma, not stigmatism, which is mostly of interest to those in the field of optometry. And most of us celebrate goals more than penalties, including the people who offer contracts to NHL players. As to the stigma, Lady Byng winners since 1960 include Hall of Famers Kelly, Keon, Bobby Hull, Delvecchio, Mikita, Bucyk, Ratelle, Perreault, Dionne, Gretzky, Bossy, Kurri, Mullen, Brett Hull, Francis, Demitra and Sakic. some multiple times. Yeah, they never lived it down, poor guys.

  2. travishenryskid - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    How can St. Louis even be in the discussion with all of the drama he’s caused this year? I don’t consider pouting after being left off Team Canada and then demanding a trade, but only to NYR, to be gentlemanly conduct. Not that anyone care about this award, but that’s a joke.

    • stcrowe - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      The award is about on-ice play. However, I have to agree that he has acted like a spoiled brat off the ice this season. I would have to guess that this erodes any goodwill that he may have amongst the voters in this category.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    O’Reilly for the win

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Hardly, that thug racked up more than zero penalties, and had the heroic officials not stepped in quickly, who knows what mayhem he’d have done with that broken stick. And with his track record, I’d say he got off pretty easy with so little supplementary discipline.

  4. killerpgh - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Not a fan of this award, but it has to be O’Reilly’s. His only penalty on the year came when playing the puck with a broken stick.

    I can’t see St Louis winning based of the award description (although the votes already done and he is top 3). Awarded annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”. Being the Captain of a team in a playoff race and demanding a trading over some personal BS would make vote for someone else. Tyler Seguin would have gotten my vote over St Louis. 5 in goals, 4th in points and only 18 PIM

  5. mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Factor deserves it. Now hopefully he, along with the rest of the avs can make it through the goon filled wild without getting injured.

    • 19to77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Look, emotions are high. I get it. F**k Matt Cooke. But the Wild are generally a pretty clean team and they’re giving us a good run for our money either way. Nobody outshoots a team 45-22 by gooning it up. That’s real hockey skill at work, much as I hate to admit it. Matt Cooke may not respect his opponents, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to sink to his mediocre, disgraceful level.

  6. hth2727 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Can’t believe seguin is not a finalist,he only had 18 pim and what 85 pts,should be in for marleau

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    frankly i’m surprised martin st. louis managed to escape florida’s death chamber …

    i’m confident marty’s guilty of crime on par with first degree murder, felony murder, capital drug trafficking and capital sexual battery

    known to wear hoodies and play his music loud, wanting to move to a state where they have a clue about hockey is surely further grounds for public execution

    what was he thinking, wanting to go where his contribution would be honoured by management and where he could spend time with his kids …

    anything less than a daily horse-whipping and i’m burning my membership in the republican party and jumping to the tea party

    where’s charlton heston when our nation needs him most …?

    • jonnyhammersticks - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

  8. eagles512 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Shouldn’t quitting on your team because your GM hurt your feelings eliminate you from this award?

    • letsgolightning - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Nah, it’s not like he was the captain or anything…

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        And Letsgo, we should mention that with the Rangers, he took off and set a torrid pace. In just 19 games, he scored an entire goal.

  9. succulentnipples - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Zack Rinaldo.

  10. twinsfanfl - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    If anyone should win for gentlemanly behavior, it has to be Chara… for not destroying Brendan Smith

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