The Ted Lindsay Trophy is arguably hockey’s coolest award besides the Stanley Cup. It’s the one that’s given to the league’s most outstanding player. It’s the one that includes everything. It’s the Art Ross trophy plus more.
I personally like to refer to it as the poor man’s Hart Memorial Trophy. Many times, it’s this award that many people confuse with the MVP award. Too many times, we’ve seen the MVP award go to a guy who’s undeserving of that title, when it is this trophy they should have won. I personally think Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux deserves the MVP award this season. However, could he swoop in and steal the Ted Lindsay as well?
Giroux did plenty of other things to add to his 28 goals scored this season. He was third in the NHL in points (86), fourth in assists (58), fourth in power play points (37) and tied for fifth with seven game-winning goals. He also went on an unprecedented scoring streak in the second half of the season. Here’s the million-dollar question though: was it enough?
Unfortunately not. As much as it kills Flyers fans to admit, there’s no way he was a better player than Sidney Crosby, at least not this season. There’s no need to bring up Crosby’s numbers. It’s quite obvious what he did this season. The way I see it, out of the three candidates, Crosby is the only guy you can’t really replace. That’s how dominant he was this season.
A guy like Tyler Seguin who finished with 37 goals, more than all three of the candidates, could have been nominated. A guy like Corey Perry could have also been nominated, as he finished this season with 43 goals and a plus/minus rating of +32. But as far as dominating in each and every aspect of the game, nobody came close to Crosby.