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Hart Trophy snub doesn't bother Jonathan Toews

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08:16 AM ET 05.11 | Remove Jonathan Toews from the Blackhawks, and what do you get? A team with Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp. So for Eastern Conference writers and those who don't watch the Hawks game in and game out, who don't see everything Toews does that can't be found on a scoresheet -- in his zone, without the puck, on special teams, in the dressing room -- it's easy to go for the biggest names and the gaudiest stats when it comes to voting for the Hart Trophy, the NHL's most valuable player award. And that's what happened, as Toews was snubbed by the Hart voters. Crosby, Ovechkin and Tavares were the three finalists announced Friday. Of course, Toews, in his typical fashion, shrugged off the MVP talk after the series-clinching win over the Minnesota Wild and said Kane should be the pick. "There's another guy across the room that deserves it just as much, probably more," Toews said. "To have two guys in the talks like that, it always shows that you have a great supporting cast. It's nice. It's an honor. But you don't get to that point if your team doesn't have success the way we did this year. So huge credit to those guys." The Hawks' tremendous depth might have hurt Toews' Hart chances, but it also is a big reason why they won the Presidents' Trophy, and knocked off the Wild in five games.

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May 11, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Keep your eyes on the bigger prize

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May 11, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Hope it's Chi-Det next round in the worst way. I think that series would be classic.

Me too....game 7 here we come....

May 11, 2013  09:43 AM ET

I'm sure he'll be fine with carrying a bigger silver trophy around the ice at the end of the year...

May 11, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Hope it's Chi-Det next round in the worst way. I think that series would be classic.

Chicago is no Anaheim...

May 11, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Chicago is no Anaheim...

But its a small world after all....

May 11, 2013  09:50 AM ET

That's a stupid opening sentence. Take away Crosby from the Pens and what do you get? Malkin, Neal, Fleury, etc...

That can be said for almost every team with a Hart/Rocket/Vezina candidate. Well except maybe Tavares and the Isles... lol

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May 11, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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That's a stupid opening sentence. Take away Crosby from the Pens and what do you get? Malkin, Neal, Fleury, etc...That can be said for almost every team with a Hart/Rocket/Vezina candidate. Well except maybe Tavares and the Isles... lol

My thoughts exactly. I'm still not sure that Sid deserves even a nomination. He missed a month and the Pens only lost a couple games without him.

May 11, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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And Detroit lost every game to them. But they were close except for one Sunday blowout and this Detroit team has grown as the year's gone on.

That's true...so they're due!!??

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May 11, 2013  11:08 AM ET

I don't think Crosby should be considered since he missed more that a quarter of the games in a shortened season.

May 11, 2013  11:09 AM ET

Hawks would have a much tougher time with SJ. Wings not a factor.

May 11, 2013  11:11 AM ET

Come to think of it, Sharks aren't a factor, either.

May 11, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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Come to think of it, Sharks aren't a factor, either.

They aren't. Sweeping the Canucks was like sweeping the porch, not exactly hard. Be surprised if they get past the second round, if they do it will be because of Niemi.

May 11, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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Hawks would have a much tougher time with SJ. Wings not a factor.

But the Wings/Hawks go way back and being 2 hrs. (or less) apart driving puts a whole new spin on an old rivalry where the Wings used to dominate these last few years.

May 11, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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I had this convo yesterday with my Hawks fan buddy and Wings fan buddy, and compared it to Boston-Toronto. Boston got one huge win against the Leafs this year, but every other game was close and the Leafs managed to win one. As we've seen now, the gulf between the two teams wasn't as large as many thought it was a few months ago. I feel the same way about Detroit and I doubt they finish where they did in the standings had the season been longer.

Hard to tell as these young 'D' men look great one minute then give it up in their own end at the worst times. Love to see the Leafs/Wings play at the Joe, the place would rock as a lot of Leaf fans would be there.

May 11, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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I'm sure he'll be fine with carrying a bigger silver trophy around the ice at the end of the year...

That will give him one more then Crosby and 2 more then the other finalists. Toews does get his accolades but he doesn't get the credit he deserves. Most complete player in the NHL for my money.

May 11, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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And Detroit lost every game to them. But they were close except for one Sunday blowout and this Detroit team has grown as the year's gone on.

And The Datsyuk has raised the level of his game to futzing incredible heights.

 
May 11, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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Most complete player in the NHL for my money.

#2 at best.

I wouldn't trade The Datsyuk for him.

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