Certainly a candidate for the Hart Trophy, Zach Parise has already won one MVP award—the Devils' team MVP. They had their annual awards ceremony yesterday, honoring the team's MVP, Unsung Hero, and Players' Player.
Parise was an easy choice, and captain Jamie Langenbrunner was named Players' Player. I think it's a good sign when your captain has a great relationships with his teammates, but I do believe the award should have gone to Kevin Weekes.
The Unsung Hero award was inexplicably given to Scott Clemmensen. I know he deserved something, but Unsung Hero? I'd like to echo the folks at Interchangeable Parts in saying "Clemmer could not possibly have been more sung this year."
Seriously, everybody knew about Clemmensen, and he was well appreciated. Unsung Hero does not fit his description. However, I guess the Devils felt obliged to give him something. It was nice that he got some recognition, even if it was somewhat undeserved.
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