April 14, 2010
Considering he won the thing nine times with the Edmonton Oilers, Wayne Gretzky knows his way around a Hart Trophy season. The Great One was doing some press today for the Gillette-EA Champions of Gaming Tournament, so we asked him where his Hart is this NHL season.
In summary: Much respect to Henrik Sedin(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks, Alex Ovechkin(notes) of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins; but if the former Phoenix Coyotes coach had a vote, it would go to the current Phoenix Coyotes goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov(notes).
Q. If you had a Hart Trophy vote, who would it go to?
GRETZKY: "First of all, I think whoever does win the award is going to be deserving.
"Honestly, what Sedin did in Vancouver was a special year. I think Ovechkin -- although Washington was picked to be a team that was going to finish high -- for [his team] to finish first overall in the National League is a great accomplishment. And of course Crosby is always just an outstanding leader.
"If any of those three guys does win the award, it's well-deserved.
"But if I was voting, I would vote for Bryzgalov in Phoenix. I don't think anybody picked that team to be as high as it finished. From my point of view, that's what the MVP is all about. He had an outstanding season. He'd be well-deserving of the award also."
We managed to cram a lot into a brief chat with Gretzky, which will publish here on Thursday: video games, his feelings on the Coyotes, his future NHL plans and the Olympic experience. Oh, and maybe one question about ProStars. Because there had to be one.