These are certainly golden days for us Canuck fans. An Art Ross trophy for Henrik Sedin. An Olympic gold for Roberto Luongo. A Frank Selke nomination for Ryan Kesler. A second round rematch against the hated Black Hawks. And now a Hart trophy nomination for Henrik. With all this good news, we don’t know what to do with ourselves.
Anyway, congrats to Henrik. He is more than worthy of this nomination. We’re not convinced he will win. In fact, we’re certain he won’t. While the voters should focus entirely on this season, it would be difficult to ignore the reputations of both Crosby and Ovechkin. While, on paper, their season’s aren’t any more impressive, Crosby’s emergence as the pre-eminent hockey leader (captain of the defending Cup champs and hero of the gold medal Olympians) and Ovechkin’s image as the poster boy of the “new NHL” will be tough for voters to ignore. We suspect Sidney will take home the hardware. And Henrik being the good guy he is, won’t care a bit.
We must confess that like many around here we never saw this coming out of both Henrik and Daniel. While we’ve certainly enjoyed watching them play, we never expected them to be first line players on a Stanley Cup contender - perhaps first liners on an also ran or second liners on a contender. We love how they aren’t your typical elite hockey players. Their success is more due to creativity and imagination than speed and strength (though they have dramatically increased both of these attributes). Since these guys seem to take our challenges seriously, we’re going on record as saying that they’ll never be Stanley Cup winners…
Prove us wrong yet again. Please.