At this point in the season we've basically got things figured out. This team is good, that one's bad. This guy is having a great season, that guy's underperforming. As a consequence of this certainty about how things are shaking out, one of the things toward which the hockey world turns its attentions at this point of the season — along with the various undecided playoff races, of which there are but a few this year — is who is going to win each award, or who should win.

For example, you should at present have a pretty good idea who deserves the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the one guy in the league who is the “player judged most valuable to his team.” This guy who deserved it the most currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins and entered last night with 91 points in 68 games, which was 17 ahead of the next-closest guy on the list.

Dan Bylsma is correct: The conversation about who has been the most valuable should begin and end with “Sidney Crosby, right? Okay great. Thanks for voting everyone.”

And yet it does not. We have to entertain talk that Claude Giroux should be the guy instead. Or maybe Carey Price. Or Ryan Getzlaf. Or even Kyle Okposo. No one is saying those guys aren't having great seasons. They clearly are. No one is saying they are not their teams' most valuable players. They clearly are. But what everyone should be saying is that they are significantly outshined by Crosby, who if he could have stayed healthy the last few years would have a closet full of Hart Trophies and people would still not accept this kind of thing as a matter of course.