As it became obvious in the final minutes of Game 7 that the St. Louis Blues were going to win the Stanley Cup, a spirited debate developed between members of our staff. Who was the playoff MVP? Two camps took their positions: Ryan O’Reilly vs. Jordan Binnington.
The outcome is old news, but the relevance of the selection is not, for a couple reasons. First, individual honors shape history. They’re benchmarks used by Hall of Fame selectors and honors historians utilize to help define the game’s past. Secondly, award voting can be important in contract talks. Binnington, for example, is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. His second-place showings in Conn Smythe and Calder Trophy balloting give him decent leverage but not as much as he would have had if he’d won those two awar...
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Jason Kay is the Editor in Chief of The Hockey News and has been with the brand since 1989. No, that's not a typo. Born in England, raised in Toronto, he arrived in his home and adopted land as a baby in 1967, just in time to see the Maple Leafs win their last Stanley Cup. A stay-at-home defenseman once upon a time, Kay knows his NHL dreams are long dead, but he hasn't given up hope of winning the Brier.