Iginla isn't taking award talk to Hart

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Jarome Iginla is expected to be among those named when the NHL unveils its three Hart Trophy finalists next week.

Still, the Calgary Flames captain isn't expecting to take home the award for the player judged to be most valuable to his team when the hardware is doled out in June.

"I've got a better chance at winning a lottery than winning it," Iginla said yesterday.

Iginla's 50-goal season -- the second of his career to go with a career-best 98 points this season -- and impact on the ice proves he's one of the league's best players.

He followed up his stellar regular-season with an excellent seven-game series against the San Jose Sharks, compiling four goals and five assists.

The argument can be made he's the most complete star in the game today. However, he firmly believes MVP honours will go to Washington's Alexander Ovechkin.

"Ovechkin's got to win it, in my mind. I would vote for him, absolutely," Iginla said.

"They made the playoffs, he led the league in scoring and had sixty-some goals.

"He had an amazing year."

Iginla will likely have to be content with being a Hart finalist for the third time of his career, although he's too humble to admit it.

"I would still love to be a finalist, but I wouldn't be disappointed," he said. "To be a finalist would be a big honour, but you look at it and (Evgeni) Malkin had an amazing year, the goaltenders (Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur), (Nicklas) Lidstrom. I'm not expecting it by any means."

Defenceman Dion Phaneuf is a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the top rearguard.


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