I used to think he was a spoiled brat who never really earned the successes that he was a part of, but I can't think of a better person to give the Conn Smythe for the 2002 playoffs to than Brett Hull.
The guy has been scoring clutch goals all playoff, especially in the last couple of rounds. I don't think Hasek has been `dominating' enough to be given the nod; instead give it to the veteran who's shown this year more than ever (though he had nothing left to prove) why he's among the game's best. He still doesn't hit nearly enough for my liking, but hey, neither did Gretzky
Runner-up goes to Yzerman for sheer courage, but his effectiveness was certainly limited by his bad wheel.
That said, I'm still pulling for Carolina ;)
/tarnish... I'm a disturbed and bitter herb, like salt water and parsley... -- Prince Paul
even though he won't get it, i'd go with federov. he's been great in this series and was seemingly the only red wing doing anything in the first 5 games of the avs series. without the pressure of having to score with hull and robitaille around, federov has been the best all around player for the wings in the playoffs. if he doesn't get it, i'd rather see lidstrom get it before hasek, but it's tough to ignore the dominator's numbers. i still find it interesting that the red wings were supposedly the favorites during the whole year and playoffs even though many people picked them to lose to vancouver in the first round and then to the avs in the conference finals.
Marge: Mr. Scorpio, this house is almost too good for us. I keep expecting to get the bums rush. Scorpio: We don't have bums in our town, Marge, and if we did, they wouldn't rush, they'd be allowed to go at their own pace.
Canada just didn't do enough to earn it this time around. It will be an interesting semi final round. Finland is still undefeated but they are facing the Czechs who imo are finally improving (might have to do with the goalie?)