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Marty St. Louis a finalist for Lady Byng

Rangers forward Martin St. Louis has been named a finalist for the Lady Byng trophy. The trophy is awarded to the player who player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

St. Louis has been a finalist eight times in the last ten years, and has won the award three times in the last four. The last Ranger to win the award was Wayne Gretzky in 1999.

8 Responses to “Marty St. Louis a finalist for Lady Byng”

  1. Hatrick Swayze says:

    A bit surprising given how he seemed to force his way out of Tampa this year?

  2. Tim B says:

    Give it to Zucc

  3. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    I may get some fruit thrown at me for this and it is way off the topic. I had this talk with a very intelligent hockey man last night and he agrees with most of you that McDonagh should be given the C. I agree he’s earned it this year and from the very min he first played for the NYR. I think he’d make a great captain for his leadership on & off the ice. I also think he will be given the C when all is said and done. They should give it to him now!
    However, Nash was captain in Columbus and he led that team in every offensive catagory with very little talent outside of him at the time. When he came here via trade, I’m sure shedding the C was a plus for him. His new team had the pieces to win without him taking over. He could just go out and play.
    I believe that if we pin that “C” to his jersey he can be that 40/70 guy again. I think he’s become too complacent on Broadway. I think as tho he may not want the responsibility. He will feel more as the leader on the team and his play will remerge as the threat he was in CBJ. Teams focused on Nash but he still found a way to get a breakaway or odd man rush and score. That has only been the case in spurts in NY. I think that Letter will get more from Nash. Mac is Mac no matter what. He gets an A for sure and is a voice in the locker room but the player to coach bridge is Rick Nash. He’s such a nice soft spoken guy but he’s got so much more in him that rarely comes out like the CBJ game he pumped his fist on the bench. I believe it would make the 14/15 NYR even more dangerous. Teams have to double him and the Rangers have the horses to win games without Nash resistering a point. I think it’s a smart move. What do you all think? Please read commenting guidelines and answer me like this conversation were face to face. Sometimes I wish they were because people feel brave behind a PC or CPU. Just a simple yay or nay and reason will suffice.

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      Fully, but respectfully disagree.

      The effort needs to precede the letter, not the other way around.

    • Spozo says:

      I don’t think you can make someone the captain of the Rangers based solely on the hope that he scores more because of it. When I think of this team, unfortunately Rick Nash doesn’t jump to the forefront in terms of heart, sole, and leadership. This isn’t a knock on him and he certainly deserves th A, but I think of Dan Girardi or McDonagh for that role.

      • Chris A says:

        Personally, I would prefer Girardi as captain. McD is certainly deserving but I don’t want to put more pressure on him. McD is still a developing player, whereas Girardi is a finished product.

        There are also issues of seniority that I think should be taken into account. And Girardi is one of the longest (the longest?) serving Rangers skater on the roster.

  4. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    I don’t care if Marty wins it or not but I just hope his play continues to progress since he’s come to NY. He certainly has looked more confident and assertive. Especially on the PP. He has the ability to be our best player during the playoffs. I think as he improves so will Nash. If he is drawing the double teams then Nash will get better scoring chances. I want Nash to have a monster playoffs. Just to justify his contract and shut the haters up. The crazies that think we’d be better off with Dubi & Anisimov. The change has been good for both of them but they would never be those players in NY. Gritty players hard on the forecheck which we could use one of those guys now but we got the best player. He will show that in this years playoffs. It starts with Stepan and then MSL.

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      Have you been watching the Jackets in these playoffs? Dubinsky has been a monster, tasked with being THE GUY to go out and defend against Crosby’s line. Not only has he done a tremendous job keeping Crosby off the scoreboard (0 goals), but he has also managed to DOUBLE Crosby’s even strength production (4 assists vs 2 assists). Watch a game and you’ll see his effectiveness is much bigger than those already telling #s show.

      Now all that said, I’m not advocating that we should have kept Dubi. I think that trade “needed to be made”. But I would have very much loved for Dubi to not have been part of the package. What’s done is done but it is seriously time for Nash to step up and produce while being more physically and emotionally engaged during, this, the most important time of the year. The only time of the year. He needs to find a way to just get it done like real heroes do.