Carey Price has been, since the beginning of the season, the single most important player on the Montreal Canadiens. It's no secret.
Whether or not he's the league's most valuable player, however, is another story.
Two things generally have to happen for a goaltender to take home the league's most prestigious individual award.
Firstly, the goaltender in question has to be, far and away, the front runner for the Vezina. With Henrik Lundqvist and Tim Thomas having stellar years in their own rights, it may be difficult for Price to separate himself from his counterparts.
Secondly, a Hart Trophy-winning netminder usually must be playing behind a putrid team. Think of Jose Theodore's 2001-2002 team, when Oleg Petrov, Richard Zednik and Karl Dykhuis were among the team's best players.
Even though Price doesn't have these two factors behind him, there is still a case to be made for him to take home the award.
Here are the top reasons that Price is, in fact, the league's most valuable player.
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