Lidstrom's place in history - ALL DISCUSSIONS OF LIDSTROM'S "ALL TIME RANKING" HERE
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11-26-2012, 12:10 PM
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Not to take away from Bourque's fine season but in hindsight it seems as though Bourque jumped on the same hype train Pronger did in 2000 because his team unexpectedly won the President's trophy.
Where exactly are you getting that interpretation?
The Hart trophy is for the "player judged most valuable to his team". Of course Lidstrom didn't get any recognition because he was typically on very strong teams.
That explains why the Hart so rarely goes to players on strong teams.
Those strong teams certainly helped Lidstrom win Cups but they also overshadowed how great he was, especially when discussing the Hart. He was often the most affective skater but not flashy enough to grab peoples attention.
I'm sorry, but that argument doesn't hold a bit of water when talking about a guy who won a Norris and a Smythe the same season. Lidstrom wasn't being overshadowed by anyone in 2002, and it's ridiculous to suggest that people weren't paying attention to him just because they didn't hand him a Hart.
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