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02-02-2013, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Sonny Lamateena View Post
Messier's Hart in 92 has a pretty simple explanation. He is traded to NY, leads the team in scoring, the team has a 14 win improvement from the previous year winning The Presidents Trophy. .

Compare that to Mario Lemieux who played 38 more games for Pittsburgh than he did the previous season but the Penguins still finish with 2 less wins.

Messier seems to fit the Hart Trophy's definition as the "player adjudged to be most valuable to his team".
Ok, so why did Hull win in 1991?

The Blues' GF increased by 15. Hull increased his own output by 14. They went from the 8th-best offense to the 4th-best. But the reason the Blues had so much more success in 1990-91? In addition to the offensive increase, they allowed 29 fewer goals. That's a +43 to their GD.

The 1992 Penguins and the 1991 Penguins had almost the same GF and GA; however the 1992 team allowed close to 200 fewer shots on the season.

By contrast, the 1992 Rangers scored 24 goals more, while allowing 19 fewer. Yet they allowed only ten fewer shots in 29 fewer minutes.

So a huge factor in the performance of both teams from one year to the next was the goaltending/defense; Barrasso/etc. clearly did not perform as well in 1991-92 as they did in 1990-91. In contrast, Vanbiesbrouck/Richter performed considerably better in 1991-92 than in 1990-91.

Messier scored 34 points more in 1992 than Nicholls in 1991. However, Leetch also improved his offensive performance by 14 points.

One other factor which may have caused the Pens to have a weaker regular season is the fact that in the middle of the season Coffey was sold off for Brian Benning and picks; that would then be sent with Recchi to Philadelphia for Tocchet, K.Samuelsson (to take Coffey's spot), and Ken Wregget.

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