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2 Minutes For: Ovechkin or Crosby?

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
  After watching Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby both score hat tricks Monday evening, I looked back at a poll of GM’s conducted by TSN last October.

Twenty-eight GM’s were asked who they would chose to build their team around for the next five years. The player most coveted? Crosby, who scored 98 points in a 5-3-1 weighted system. He also was the top choice on 15 of those ballots.

Ovechkin was second with 66 points. It was a big drop back to Roberto Luongo in third with 38. Somewhat surprising, Luongo had more first place votes than Ovechkin – 7-5.

Others with votes included Dion Phaneuf (21), Henrik Zetterberg  (12), Carey Price (4) and Zdeno Chara. One GM thought so highly of Swedish draft prospect Viktor Hedman that he received a vote.

I have to figure Crosby and Ovechkin would still score the highest if the poll was taken today. But would Crosby still have the most votes? Would Luongo be third? Would you include Simeon Varlamov or Jonas Hiller?

Who would your top three be right now? Let me know at and I’ll tally up the votes.

Former Panthers update:

Chuck Fletcher, former assistant GM with the Panthers and currently assistant GM with the Penguins, is on the short list for the GM’s job in Minnesota. And, in his first year as head coach, original winger Dave Lowry has the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Championship.

Two class acts.

Passing thoughts:

Did Roberto Luongo do the right thing as captain when he came out after the weekend’s 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks and say, “I’m not going to take on the whole responsibility of what happened last game.” Luongo is a good man, but, even here in Florida, he never could critique his game without doing the same to the rest of his team.

And, by the way, how will Luongo react the remainder of the series to Chicago’s Dustin Byfuglien, who seemed to rattle Luongo in Game 2? The big winger has been referred to in Vancouver as the “hairy mammoth.”

Markus Naslund left $3 million on the table with the Rangers when he retired Monday after 15 seasons in the NHL. Naslund scored 40 or more goals three times during his career and ends his career with 395 goals and 869 points.

The Florida Everblades need a win tonight at Germain Arena to take South Carolina to a Game 7 Wednesday in the East Coast Hockey League’s South Division Finals.

Whatever happened to Patrik Stefan?
  Song of the day: Perfect Day by Lou Reed.

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