Of course, that’s not necessarily applicable if you can somehow access your Internet in bed. And by the way, if you ARE reading this blog in bed, maybe that’s something you should keep to yourself.
Anyway, in the absence of a lot of hard news over the next few days, I’ll be rolling out my own personal end-of-the-season Rangers awards. The nominating process is fairly grueling. It will likely involve me sitting around until something pops in my head, at which time I’ll type it here. In other words, kind of like how they nominate U.S. Senators.
With that in mind, let’s get the easiest one out of the way, which is team MVP.
Let it be known that I am somewhat indifferent toward goalies as a species. They stop the puck. They don’t stop the puck. Sometimes they’ll be accused of slashing a scantily clad Ice Girl. Other than that, I am usually not as compelled by goalies as I am by forwards or even defensemen. It’s a bias, I admit it.
And yet all that being said, there is no question that Henrik Lundqvist was the Rangers MVP this season. He was the reason they weren’t as bad as they could have been to start, and he was the reason they were better than people thought they should have been toward the end. I maintain that it was the Rangers renewed commitment to team defense that enabled Lundqvist to stand out to the extent that he did. By that I mean they helped limit the shots he faced and put him in a position to succeed. But even then it was Lundqvist who bailed them out time and again this season, and was the reason they made it as far as they did.
So congratulations, Henrik. I know even if you miss out on the Vezina, this was really the award you were gunning for….