Thu May 05 04:49pm EDT
Is there a more widely misunderstood NHL award than the Ted Lindsay Award?
Check out the 2010-11 finalists announcement, and look for the words "value," "valuable" or "MVP." You won't find them. Yet the Lindsay is, to this day, treated like some kind of minority report on the Hart Trophy for league MVP because it's the players' voice heard instead of that of the media -- only the scribes are voting based on stats and intangibles, while the players are voting for the de facto "NHL Player of the Year" award.
Hence, Hart Trophy finalists Corey Perry(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks and Daniel Sedin(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks are up for the Lindsay, having led the league in goals and points respectively; and Steven Stamkos(notes) of the Tampa Bay Lightning is the third finalist, his statistical season impressing his peers more than that of Marty St. Louis, who was the other finalist for the Hart.
Since 1990, there have been five instances in which the Hart winner didn't take home the Pearson/Lindsay: In 2000, when Chris Pronger(notes) won MVP and Jaromir Jagr won the Pearson; in 2002, when Jose Theodore(notes) won MVP and Jarome Iginla(notes) won the Pearson; in 2003, when Peter Forsberg(notes) won the Hart and Markus Naslund(notes) won the Pearson; in 2006, when Joe Thornton(notes) won the Hart and Jaromir Jagr won the Pearson; and last year, when Henrik Sedin(notes) won the Hart and Alex Ovechkin(notes) won the Lindsay.
Assuming Corey Perry and Daniel Sedin are your two favorites, will we see deviation between the awards again? That depends on one thing: The players' opinions on Daniel.
So are 104 points better than 50 goals for the players? When Thornton and Jagr split, Thornton had more points while Jagr had a huge (54-29) goal advantage. Ditto Forsberg (29) and Naslund (48) in 2003.
In 2010-11, Daniel trailed Perry by just nine goals. That goal scoring, and leading the league in points, should mean the Lindsay for Sedin to go along with, we think, Perry's Hart.