When the names of the Hart Trophy finalists came across on Friday morning, it was a bit surprising to not see Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane’s name there.
And while the Blackhawks were somewhat disappointed that neither made the final cut, their thoughts are still on other trophies.
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares were named finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the player deemed most valuable to his team. Kane, whose name was bandied about for the award, said he got past the no-final call quickly.
“When your team does as well as ours has throughout the season, usually you get some recognition,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that, you’re thinking about it, then after the announcement you get yourself back on track to get ready for the playoffs. It would’ve been a nice honor for both of us and for the team, to show how well we did. But other than that, it doesn’t really mean too much.”
With Toews and Kane being top candidates, there’s a good chance they may have split votes –- the award is voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Coach Joel Quenneville said that could’ve been a factor.
“One taking away from the other, you could probably put that in the equation. Both were worthy of consideration,” he said. “Someone wrote they should’ve had one from each side since we didn’t play the other side. The three guys on the other guys we didn’t get to see, so it’s tough to comment. Our two guys had outstanding seasons and were a big part of our success and definitely should’ve gotten consideration.”
It was a bit of a surprise. But all of the Blackhawks, no matter what the award or who has been considered for it, have talked about Stanley Cup first, everything else second.
“They’re elite forwards. It’s tough because you want to see them up there, and with such a good team I’m surprised they weren’t,” Bryan Bickell said. “But they’re not going for that. They’re going for the same thing we’re going for.”