Pretty straightforward here. Who was the most valuable player for the entire balance of the season for the Montreal Canadiens? How about the Hamilton Bulldogs? Here's some of the reasoning behind HIHW's nominees:
Jaroslav Halak: Unless you've been living under a rock, we might get away with not having to explain this particular one.
Brian Gionta aka Superman: A leader in every game that he dressed in the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. His relentlessness and fiery attitude led to him having the most goals on the team despite being in only 61 regular-season games. Some of those goals we still don't believe went in.
Michael Cammalleri: Point-per-game ratio in the playoffs, another close-to-thirty goal scorer and another example of "imagine if he hadn't been injured," Cammy won the hearts of many with his proposal-goals and ridiculous amount of shot-taking (hey, if you don't shoot, it doesn't go in) second only to Gionta in this category.
Tomas Plekanec: Establishing career-highs and returning to his form of two years ago to lead the team when those who were injured...were injured, he was your consistent everyday numero uno centre who could account for himself defensively as well as offensively. Until...you know. BUT. It's worth noting that for all the flack he's getting now, he was still 4th in Habs' pointgetters in the playoffs with 11.
P.K. Subban: Reasons, let me show you them:
Single Season Plus/Minus - +46
Single Season Points by a Defenseman - 53
Single Season Goals by a Defenseman - 18
Single Season Assists by a Defenseman - 35 (tied)
Single Season Power Play Goals by a Defenseman - 11
Single Season Plus/Minus by a Defenseman - +46
Single Season Overtime Goals by a Defenseman - 1 (tied with Yannick Weber)
Shootout Game Winners by a Defenseman - 1 (tied with Shawn Belle)
Single Season Shootout Game Winners by a Defenseman - 1 (tied with Shawn Belle)
Brock Trotter and David Desharnais: The two were instrumental leaders for the Bulldogs, each coming off impressive 2008-09 campaigns. It's a little hard to name one without the other, because they both notched key goals in the regular season and playoffs. My scouting is a little remiss (aka purely statsheets minus a handful of regular-season games and the playoffs) but I have backups who are capable of elaborating on this if need be.
Cedrick Desjardins: Okay, so he had help in a pretty decent supporting cast, but he established records of his own in wins and shutouts. He made the All-Star squad, and with Curtis Sanford formed a goaltending tandem to be jealous of, registering a 2.00 GAA and .919 SV% for his part in the regular season. None too shabby.