Two days ago Henrik Lundqvist made the news by being nominated as a Vezina finalist for the fourth time of his NHL career. Today, Henrik makes the news once again with his first ever Hart Trophy nomination. The Hart Trophy is given to the player “most valuable to his team” as determined by the members of the Professonal Hockey Wrtiers’ Association. Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos are the other two nominees for the award.
Realistically, Henrik Lundqvist is not very likely to actually win the award. Evgeni Malkin absolutely dominated the NHL this season and was the number one reason the Penguins had regular season success despite missing Crosby for most of it. Still, the nomination itself is a huge accomplishment. Goaltenders are not commonly nominated for the Hart Trophy and only three have won the award since 1960 (Jacques Plante, Dominik Hasek, and Jose Theodore). Martin Brodeur has been nominated as a Hart Trophy finalists twice in his career. Ed Belfour only once. Patrick Roy never was. Thus, it puts into perspective what an accomplishment simply being nominated is for Lundqvist. It’s hard to argue he doesn’t deserve it.