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Crosby, Getzlaf, Giroux are your Hart Trophy finalists

May 1, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”


Crosby posted 36 goals as well as a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points to capture his second career Art Ross Trophy and lead the Penguins to their second consecutive division title. He registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point.

Getzlaf scored a career-high 31 goals and ranked second in the League with 87 points to power the Ducks to the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. He posted a 14-game point streak Nov. 15-Dec. 15 (6-11—17), the longest in the NHL since the 2011-12 season.

Giroux matched a career high with 28 goals and finished third in the NHL scoring race with 86 points to help the Flyers bounce back from a 3-9-0 start to the season to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven years. After being held pointless in his first five games and not scoring a goal until his 16th contest, Giroux totaled 28-51—79 in his final 67 outings of the season, an average of 1.18 points per game.

Let’s face it, it would be a shock if Crosby doesn’t win, given he led the league in scoring by a mile, with 17 points more than second-place Getzlaf.

Crosby has only won the Hart once, back in 2007. Alex Ovechkin has won it three times since then, with Henrik Sedin, Corey Perry and Evgeni Malkin nabbing one each.

As for the so-called snubs…

Semyon Varlamov. Pretty darn valuable to the Avalanche, who would’ve struggled to make the playoffs without excellent goaltending.
— The Selke Trophy types: Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, and Anze Kopitar all had fine seasons for playoff teams.
— No defensemen made the final three, but we’d be surprised if Duncan Keith didn’t get a few votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Meanwhile, Ryan Suter played almost 30 minutes a night for Minnesota, more than two minutes higher than any other player in the NHL averaged. Nashville’s Shea Weber — the leader among d-men in goals, with 23 — got at least one vote.

  1. ironyisadeadscene - May 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    yeah yeah, Crosby for the win

    • gnashty - May 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Yeah, pains me to say it but Crosby will more than likely get it. Would love to see G get it but Crosby dominated the entire season…

      • bobhpine - May 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Oh come on…why not give Ovie one more? The NHL loves to not give this award to Crosby (likelast year when Crosby dominated the league so thoroughly that it basically took the entire time he was out after getting his in the jaw with a slap shot to be overtaken in the scoring race).

        Also, Sam Carchidi is some guy who calls himself a journalist in Philly and he tweeted that Crosby had firmly “passed the baton” as best player in the league to Giroux this season.

        He then hashtagged it: #notahomer

        So there are a few really smart people out there who will vote for Giroux. I mean, that’s bias free analysis.

  2. hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    So the nominees are the highest scoring players. Might be some redundancy in the awards, but I can’t say as I can really disagree with the nominations.

  3. phillysports1 - May 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Giroux !

    • esracerx46 - May 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Giroux kind of seems like the throw in guy. They needed 3 finalists and after Crosby and Getzlaf you could have probably 4 or 5 guys interchangeable for third.

  4. wethog66 - May 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I would like to see Giroux win it. As a Caps fan it pains me to say that, but from what I saw of the Flyers this year for afar it appears it wasn’t just Berube that turned the Flyers season around. That Giroux put that team on his back and he led them to a good playoff seeding.

    Yes Crosby (yuck) and Getzlaf are deserving as well, but with all the Flyers went threw at the beginning of the year, and Giroux’s role in turning things around, I think Giroux is the deserving Hart winner. He was most valuable to his team.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Unfortunately I believe the finalists for the Hart will finish in the same order as the scoring race… Crosby, Getzlaf, then Giroux. And I can’t really argue with that. Crosby was the best player throughout the entire season. If Giroux didn’t have the freak golfing accident he probably would’ve finished 2nd in scoring (and higher than 3rd for the Hart), but he appeared to have no strength in that hand for the first month+.

      A ton of people are ragging on Giroux for not doing enough against the Rangers but he and Crosby (one less game) did have the same number of points in round one. It’s nice to see #28 recognized for this prestigious trophy but I’d obviously rather have the Flyers in the 2nd round, taking on the Pens.

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      I don’t know – if I were to use the most valuable to his team I still think its Crosby. 500 + man games lost from the likes of Kris Letang, Paul Martin, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis, Evgeni Malkin, and others, and the Pens still won the division by double digits. He also elevated the play of guys like Lee Stempniak (who is solid but wasn’t even on the first line in Calgary), Brian Gibbons (who wasn’t even an afterthought during training camp).

      • footballfan - May 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        You make a great point. Crosby does have a habit of making the guys that play on his line look good. Everyone knows Malkin is a great player, but as soon as they teamed him up with Crosby on the #1 line they win two in a row and Malkin gets a hat trick.

  5. lowenni - May 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    It seems like just about every hockey journalist or expert has picked Crosby as the Hart winner so I would not be surprised, and also could not disagree. He had an absolutely fantastic season and was without a doubt the most dominant offensive player in the league. That being said, there are other intangibles to the Hart Trophy, which includes being the most valuable player to your team. Could the Pens have won without Crosby? I think it’s possible. Getzlaf had a great season, but I think Giroux singlehandedly led the Flyers back into playoff contention much like Ovechkin did last season with the Caps (and, as I’m sure you remember, he won for that reason over Crosby). I would argue Giroux’s role therefore is closer to what the trophy is really about–“the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team”–but with the season Crosby had, it is also hard to argue against that. Either one is deserving.

    • bmscalise - May 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Sid was “the most valuable player to his team,” as well as the best player in the game. Geno missed A LOT of time this season. And the Pens had over 500 man games lost to injury. Sid was the only constant the Pens had to rely on this season. He is the only reason that, in spite of those injuries, the Pens managed a division win and the second seed. A truly, truly impressive season. Getzlaf and Giroux had very good season, but their teams didn’t have to overcome nearly so much (except in the case of the Flyers a horrific start that was their own damn fault).

      • lowenni - May 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        No I completely agree. I do think Crosby was probably the most valuable player to his team of any player in the league–I was just wondering a bit if they would have been able to make up for his loss with some strong weapons that the Flyers don’t quite have. I think he’ll win it and he totally deserves it. Giroux was just as valuable to his team though (a lower scoring team), but Crosby and his team had a better season. Crosby deserves the award, though it pains me to say it. Fantastic season.

      • flyerspsu - May 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        both Giroux and Crosby essentially put their team on their back and took them to the playoffs

  6. areaman714 - May 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM


  7. pitpenguinsrulez - May 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Crosby 4 MVP

  8. dhawks19 - May 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM


  9. podevil - May 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Crosby and Getzlaf were the most valuable to their teams..How “Clod” Giroux even got mentioned in the mix is a mystery to me..Crosby makes lesser players look good, and with the injuries this year, he needed to. Giroux shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as Crosby or Getzlaf. He is a one trick pony, and a distraction to an otherwise pretty good team.

    • petersteelewannabe - May 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Jealousy…it’s a burden…let it go….

    • whammy71 - May 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      I hate the Flyers….but could not disagree with you more. Claudia was an amazing player once he recovered from his injury. I think he was the leading scorer from Dec 15th on. Plus he guaranteed that the Flyers would make the POs after they started something like 3-10….4-15, or whatever it was. I’m not saying he is the best in the game….but he is pretty damn good.

      I still hate the Flyers…..and I’m glad they are golfing.

  10. cruuuzcontrol - May 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Cload Giroo: 2 goals, 4 assists in a full 7 game playoff series. That’s definitely Hart material.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      No, the Hart is for the regular season. It’s Conn Smythe Trophy material, but only if you make it to the Finals. No one has ever won the Smythe unless their team made the Finals.

    • dynamitelarry - May 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Crosby had 0 goals and 6 assists.

    • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      your serious? he led his team in points and +/-, the Flyers just got outplayed period and Giroux did about as much as a single player could, he had a much better 1st series than Crosby

  11. dboldave - May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    I think Crosby is probably the best choice. With the number of injuries they had this year I believe Crosby helped lead that team probably more than he had to in the past. And being the best player in the league doesn’t hurt either.

  12. kastout11 - May 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Giroux is the most valuable to his team. Crosby is the best player in the world. Take Giroux off the Flyers and they would finish at the bottom of the conference near the Sabers in the standings. Without Crosby, the Penguins are still in the playoffs and still, more than likely, the top seed in the Metropolitan Division. Giroux should clearly win the Hart Trophy, but Crosby will get it. He is not only the best player in the league, he is also the face of the league. Giroux had such a terrible 1st month, and I think the voters will unfortunately remember that, although that should even bolster consideration for the award. As he goes, the Flyers go.

  13. kastout11 - May 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I guess it doesn’t really matter. Like phillyphanatic77, I would rather the Flyers playing in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

  14. har21441 - May 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    LOL giroux

  15. pastabelly - May 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Bergeron and Toews deserved better, but this seems to an award for the best offensive players and not the best all around or most valuable players.

    • wjarvis - May 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Huge Hawks fan, but Toews didn’t really deserve Hart consideration this year (last year he got screwed by not even being top 3). That said, I think Toews and Bergeron have a better chance of winning the cup than Crosby or Getzlaf (and Giroux can’t anymore), and given the choice I think any of these players would trade the Hart for a cup win.

  16. cruuuzcontrol - May 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    @nothanksimdriving: Oh I know what the Hart trophy is for. I’m just mocking the great Cload Giroo for his ability to triumph when it matters most. You always want your MVPs to make bold guarantees about making the playoffs and then lose in the first round, tallying less than a point per game in the process. He won’t win, but even if he does, he’s no MVP and he’s just there as “the best of the rest” compared to Crosby and Getzlaf.

    • petersteelewannabe - May 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Cruz, you really seem to have a bug in your bum about Giroux-why?

  17. hockeydon10 - May 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    First in points.
    Second in points.
    Third in points.

    So… it’s just like the Art Ross?

  18. broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    The Hart goes to the team’s MVP. Are the Pens worse without Crosby? The past shows this is not the case. Pittsburgh actually had a similar record when Crosby was out with his injuries and Malkin was winning the scoring title. Giroux was injured and not scoring at the start of the season, the Flyers struggled and were at the bottom of the standings. He found his game and went on a scoring tear making everyone around him play better. That is leadership and that is an MVP.

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