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11-26-2012, 01:39 PM
Morgoth Bauglir
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I don't think it's a matter of deserving or not-deserving, but I definitely think that defensemen (and goalies for that matter) who are on teams with superstar forwards are at a major disadvantage when it comes to getting Hart recognition.

Writers do still pay some attention to the "most valuable" part of the awards description.

There are also era trends in Hart voting - in the 1980s, you had defensemen like Langway and Howe finishing as Hart finalists - you just don't see that in the late 90s and 00s.
Langway was certainly the Caps MVP during the '80s: They went from a perennial loser to perennial playoff contender the moment he put on a Caps sweater.

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