This will be short. Last season I chronicled how players based on teams west of the Mississippi have little to no chance of winning awards. True to form, not one award was given to a player that plays most games on the left side of the country.
It's more difficult to complain this season. Ovechkin was superb, and Datsyuk was solid. I can only take issue with one award (Brodeur was the weakest of the three finalists for the Vezina), but now that the western time zones went 0-9 in wards this season, meaning they have won just 4 of the 27 voted on awards since the lockout.
It'll be interesting to see if the voting changes based on the more balanced schedule next season, but it will still be unbalanced enough to affect the voting results.
An Outsider's Perspective: Ken Warren
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