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11-21-2010, 01:22 AM
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nik jr
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after more reading of old newspapers, schmidt was mentioned as a strong hart candidate before the voting, and in the playoffs, so it seems unlikely that it was a career award.

i have found reports that say most of boston's success can be attributed to schmidt, and that boston would have missed the playoffs without schmidt. schmidt also played on an injured knee (torn tendon) for several weeks.

i also found an article (in the montreal gazette) that said sentimental voting may have helped schmidt. but richard was 2nd to schmidt, so that comment may have been made out of bias.

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