The morning after always hurts. It’s like a bad hangover with no end in sight.
The league has announce Flyers captain Claude Giroux is a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy given “to the play judged most valuable to his team.” In layman’s terms, the NHL Most Valuable Player. The other finalists along with Giroux are Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby.
The 26-year-old Giroux is coming off a solid season tying a career-high in goals (28) and leading the Flyers in assists with 56. He finished third in the league in points behind Getzlaf and Crosby with 86 in 82 games. The Flyers captain led the team in assists, points, game-winning goals (7) and power play points (37).
The Hearst, Ontario-native becomes the fifth Flyer to be named a finalist for the Hart Trophy. Bobby Clarke won the award three times 1973, 1975, 1976 and finished second in voting in 1977. Eric Lindros won the award in 1995 and finished second in 1996. The other finalists were Bernie Parent when he finished second in 1974 and Pelle Lindbergh who finished third in 1985.