Found June 21, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
When the NHL Awards were (mostly) announced, I promised to write a few pieces about the awards that were most poorly decided.  It was given to Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  The first thing that needs to be discussed is how the Hart trophy should be decided.  I will do this by analogy.  Imagine there are two boxes.  One contains a $2 million diamond and several other $1 million diamonds.  The other box contains a $1.5 million diamond and several worthless shards of glass.  Now which diamond is most valuable to its box?  The $2 million diamond clearly is.  It has a value of $2 million and that is more than the value of any of the other diamonds.  Now some people like to argue (and vote) for the $1.5 million diamond.  They argue that its box would be totally worthless without it and the other box has value without the $2 million diamond.  The problem is they miss the fact that $1.5 million is less than $2 million. When we look at the Hart Trophy voting we see that...

Ovechkin Wins Hart Memorial Trophy, Does He Deserve It?

I’ve always heard for a European to win the Hart Trophy, he must be better than the other finalists by a bigger margin than a Canadian would. This year is an exception. When Alex Ovechkin won his first two MVP’s, he was the clear-cut best player in the league. This year he edged Sidney Crosby by just 32 votes in the closest race for the MVP since 2002. Ovechkin was given the...
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