Although Sidney Crosby is on a three-game point streak, he went on a rough stretch — at least when measured against the incredibly high standard he’s held to — from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19 where he recorded four goals and seven points in 13 games.
That seems to have taken its toll as Crosby’s no longer the favorite to win the Hart Trophy based on the odds from online bookmaker Bovada:
Carey Price 5/2
John Tavares 5/2
Sidney Crosby 3/1
Ryan Getzlaf 5/1
Alex Ovechkin 6/1
Jakub Voracek 15/2
Rick Nash 15/1
Mark Giordano 20/1
Vladimir Tarasenko 20/1
No goaltender has won the Hart Trophy since Jose Theodore in 2001–02, but there’s no denying that Carey Price has been vital to the Montreal Canadiens’ success. Meanwhile, Tavares was the big mover as he had 20/1 odds in early February.
Ovechkin also saw his chances jump significantly, from 15/1 to 6/1 as he chases his third straight Rocket Richard Trophy. Voracek has fallen from 9/2 to 15/2 while Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux has slid off the list entirely.
Don Cherry has taken issue with the amount of fights NHL super stars are getting into these days, using the latest case of Sidney Crosby scrapping with Brandon Dubinsky as his example.
Crosby and Dubinsky dropped the gloves in a spirited but quick bout after getting tangled up together in the corner during a game between the Penguins and Blue Jackets this week.
“Crosby should never have to put up with stuff like this. This has been going on, he’s had concussions. He shouldn’t fight,” said Cherry during his Coach’s Corner segment on Saturday.
(Interesting to note that while Cherry brought up Crosby’s concussion history as a reason why Pittsburgh’s star shouldn’t fight, he later turned around and basically dismissed concussions and the connection they have to fighting in hockey.)
Cherry’s main issue was the lack of “protection” stars have now compared to the days of Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy during the 1980s. He then showed several clips of stars like Evgeni Malkin, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash and others in fights.
“They should be protected all the time,” said Cherry. “That’s why they get injured all the time. They should never, ever be fighting.”
Normally, if a player’s leaving the penalty box before two minutes are up, it’s because his team allowed a goal. That wasn’t the case with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are Sunday.
It appeared as if Crosby had been whistled for tripping Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya. Crosby was … unhappy.
Officials had a little on-ice meeting following that call and decided to spring Crosby out of the box, erasing the penalty in an unusual moment:
Mike Milbury was among those who believe that the right call was (eventually) made, with Jeremy Roenick going as far to say that he hopes this kind of thing happens more often.
The optics are a little odd, though, especially regarding a polarizing star like Crosby. What do you think, though?
Updated Hart Trophy odds from online bookmaker Bovada:
Sidney Crosby 9/4
Jakub Voracek 9/2
Carey Price 13/2
Patrick Kane 8/1
Claude Giroux 17/2
Ryan Getzlaf 17/2
Alex Ovechkin 15/1
Rick Nash 15/1
Steven Stamkos 15/1
John Tavares 20/1
Vladimir Tarasenko 20/1
If I had a few bucks to throw at this, I’d be throwing it behind Carey Price. In my opinion, no player has been more responsible for his team’s success this season than the Canadiens’ star goalie. Granted, there’s still a lot of season left and that means a lot of time for a guy like Crosby to heat up, but if the voting occurred today, there’s a very good chance Price would get the nod.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
After a brief jaunt with the St. Louis Blues, Martin Brodeur is hanging up his leg pads and taking a front office job. Let’s take a look at some of what’s been said and written about the departing legend in a special Marty-heavy edition of the PHT Morning Skate.
Martin Brodeur: By the Numbers. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
Brodeur retired to take a job in the Blues’ front office. Shouldn’t he be getting such a gig with the New Jersey Devils instead? (In Lou We Trust)
Patrick Roy’s take on Brodeur retiring. (Puck Daddy)
Apparently the Blues gave Brodeur a very “St. Louis” goodbye message. (St. Louis Game Time)
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NBCSN shared two videos on Brodeur last night.
First, here’s a collection of reactions from players and coaches:
Finally, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones share some memories:
A few non-Brodeur bits really quick …
This is, um, regrettable.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman wants to be an all-around threat.