Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: The Airtight Case for Carey Price to Win the Hart Trophy

February 3rd, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

The only thing standing between Carey Price and a Hart Trophy is the asinine idea that goaltenders shouldn't be eligible for the MVP award.

Goaltenders have their own award, certain voters believe. 

It's an argument similar to the one in baseball that states pitchers shouldn't win the MVP because they have their own award, the Cy Young. Although, that argument is also rooted in the idea that someone who plays every fifth day can't be as valuable as an everyday player.

Clayton Kershaw defied that notion this season; Price should do the same with hockey's bias this season.

The last goaltender to win the Hart was Jose Theodore of the Canadiens in 2002. Since then, it's been a steady stream of forwards hoisting the trophy, with goaltenders getting very little respect in voting. Since 2005-06, the only goaltenders to crack the top three in voting are Miikka Kiprusoff (third, 2006), Roberto Luongo (second, 2007), Martin Brodeur (third, 2007), Steve Mason (third, 2009) and Henrik Lundqvist (third, 2012).

That's two finalist goaltenders in six seasons.

Price will a ...

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