posted on Jun, 18 2006 @ 03:17 PM
Well with Game 7 going down tomorrow night, the opportunity to post here is obviously limited. But I ask you who is deserving of the Conn Smythe
Here is what I think...
Fernando Pisani: What else could this guy do? (Shave that beard!) This man has been a complete monster. He has scored more times in the playoffs
than in the regular season. But his 13 goals are not what stands out the most about him, his work ethic and determination is what is getting him
these goals. Rarely is he popping a hilight reel goal, this guy has his nose dirty all the time and its paying off.
Dwayne Roloson: Well with his injury in Game 1, it would be tough to make this argument. But what he did in the previous rounds can not be ignored.
Frankly I think Edmonton could have done it without him, but it is unlikely. Roloson really was the missing link to a great team.
Mike Peca: Another guy that has his nose dirty all the time. Great two way player who does just as much in the dressing room as he does on the ice.
He can give the speech or he can lead by example, not an easy trait to come by.
Eric Staal: This guy was on a tear in the early rounds, but his up and down play takes him out of the running in my opinion. Great to see a kid this
young play so well in situations like this.
Cam Ward: Now he is in the same boat as Staal. Carried the team at moments, but wasn't there in other times when he was needed. Unlikely for him to
take home the award, but he is worth considering.
So I come down to these two guys, and I believe whoever is hoisting the cup is the one to take home the Conn Smythe.
If the Canes win the Cup.. How can you not award it to Rod Brind'Amour. The guy is 38 or 39, has a worth ethic like no other. Can you ever remember
when the oldest guy on a the team was leading the team in ice time? This guy is like a fine wine, only gets better with age. If Carolina wins the
cup, I believe it will go to Rod.
Now on the flip side of the coin, it also could be a no brainer with Chris Pronger. He has put this team on his shoulders and carried it for alot of
the time, and when it wasn't it was because of a Pisani, Torres, Smyth, Peca, Roloson etc. stepping up. I think Pronger is worthy of the award
regardless of who wins the cup, but odds are his play would not get him the award with a Caronlina win.
So those are my thoughts.. What do you think?