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11-26-2012, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Where exactly are you getting that interpretation?
Lidstrom played half the game, played impeccable defense, and was at the top or near the top for defenseman scoring several times for President Trophy teams but he never got the Hart hype either Pronger or Bourque received. The Red Wings were expected to be near the top of the standings and people took Lidstrom's non-flashy dominance for granted as well. He definitely flew under the radar for the Hart in several seasons where he was the most dominant and effective skater. What's "more valuable to a team", a one-way high scoring forward that plays 20-22 minutes per game or a two-way dominant defenseman who plays 25-30 minutes a game?

Ken Holland has pointed this out as well. Who really cares though, the Red Wings and Lidstrom's aim all along was Stanley Cups.

Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
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.
See above, I wasn't just talking about 2002.

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