2010/2011: Martin St. Louis - 82 games, 12 PIM's.
2009/2010: Martin St. Louis - 82 games, 12 PIM's.
2008/2009: Pavel Datsyuk - 81 games, 22 PIM's.
2007/2008: Pavel Datsyuk - 82 games, 20 PIM's.
2006/2007: Pavel Datsyuk - 79 games, 20 PIM's.
2005/2006: Pavel Datsyuk - 75 games, 22 PIM's.
Teemu currently has 50 penalty minutes and the season isn't even over yet. Guys like St. Louis, Datsyuk and Eriksson are more productive and takes less penalties. No chance for Teemu.
There have been some pretty blatant going away-present type Trophy awards - the most recent being Lidtrom's last Norris - but giving the Lady Byng to Teemu this season would probably be the most obvious one ever.
I think the Lady Byng Trophy is a bit of "non trophy". I mean, it is not very clear who will win it and based on what. I know, it usually goes to the player who has the best Points/PIM ratio, but the determination for the trophy is this. " player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability".
I mean, when does one of those criterias outshine other? It is always great to get an award, but Byng is the "lowest award" for me, if there is one.
On the topic, i think Selanne is the kind of player that will never get recognized being player like that trophy awards for. Selanne "whines" too much and he also takes fair amount of "stick" penalties. Like tripping, high sticking...
I'd like to see him go out with another cup or a Richard trophy...
I don't think he has a shot in hell at the Rocket, even next season. The likes of Crosby(health permitting), Stamkos, and Malkin are too good right now. I wouldn't be surprised to see Ovechkin in the running again next season.
Teemu Selanne is the "Finnish Flash" when the game is going on, but, after the whistle blows, he's often the "Fuming Flash."
"If there's any dispute on the ice, if he's on the ice or not, he's getting on the ice," forward Jason Blake said, laughing. "For me, it's comedy. I've never seen anything like it before and I've played 14 seasons."
Selanne's teammates like to call him "T," as in Teemu. If he played basketball, Selanne might be known as "T," too, as in technical. Early this year, the NHL warned Selanne about his on-ice complaining. In the game against the Bruins, he evidently was on edge even when he wasn't standing on his skates.
"Twice, not even the (disallowed) goal, he was almost leaping over the boards," Blake said, smiling this time. "I think we had two penalties and, before they were done blowing the whistle, he was over the bench yelling. It's funny. I love it. That's who 'T' is.
Yet when Getzlaf does it he gets heavily criticized. Funny how those things work.
That's how it is everywhere it seems. When people want to hate a captain, they always talk about how he "whines". Crosby being the one with the biggest target on his back, most commonly sited. Getzlaf, of course, sited mostly with Sharks and Kings fans. But this is about Teemu.