VOORHEES, N.J. -- Claude Giroux cracked a smile as a reporter asked how he felt about not being one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy.
"The Hart Trophy?" Giroux said. "Which one is that?"
MVP, of course.
"Kidding, kidding," Giroux said, smiling bigger now.
So, how does he feel about not being a finalist despite finishing third in the League with 93 points and second with 65 assists?
"I didn't see the news, but at the end of the day that's not the trophy I want," he said. "It's done. It's something I don't really control."
Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos were named the finalists Friday. The Professional Hockey Writers' Association votes on the award.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was in no mood to deal with a question pertaining to the regular season. Like Giroux, he said he hadn't seen the list of finalists, either.
"If you're asking me what I think of Claude Giroux, I think he's a terrific player in this League," he said.
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