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04-27-2012, 12:37 PM
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I think Hank deserves Hart. More than the other two nominees anyway simply because should you take each guy out of his roster the Rangers would suffer more than TB or PIT. However he will have a better chance to win Vezina. Why? Because all these NHL awards are popularity contests. Therefore Western GMs are likely to vote for either Quick or Rinne, while Eastern once are likely to recognize Hank simply because they know their Conference goalies better. Western vote will be therefore, split. That is advantage Lundqvist.
Even more popularity factors reside with writers, who select Hart winner. Eastern writers do not watch West as they go to bed early after too many beers (as per Alex Kovalev, who, obviously, knows). Western writers do not watch East either since, it broadcast, due to time difference, too early for them to start drinking. Jokes aside, writers do not care about other side of the NHL, as a matter of fact. They wright for fans who don't. So should two Hart finalists have been from West, like with Vezina, Lundqvist would have had a better chance. Yet, all Hart nominees are from East, so it becomes a toss. Plus, goalies do not win Hart, usually.

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