Dany Heatley deserves some Hart Trophy love this year. Heatley has been outstanding in all facets this season and his points are right there with the best in the game. Only Sidney Crosby and Martin Brodeur are clearly ahead of Heatley right now. To win, Heatley would need the Pens to fall out of it, which looks less and less likely with each passing day. People would then ask, “How valuable was Crosby to his team if they missed the playoffs?” It wouldn’t be enough that he helped them not be unbelievably horrible.
He’d also need Brodeur to lose votes on the goalie bias. Goalies do have their own award but the bias is waning. After not winning one for 35 years, goalies have claimed 3 of the last 9 Hart Trophies.