To quote Greenberg from yesterday:
"But would the voters name Price as the league's most valuable player over Ovechkin? History shows they haven't in the past."Obviously the voters did overwhelmingly name Price as the league's MVP (and so did the players). But Greenberg was not so much predicting the result as making a claim from historical evidence, which means that it is not the presence of hindsight that allows me to challenge his assertion. I'm not interested in criticizing anybody because their guy didn't win, but I am quite interested in what history says about the relative comparison of forwards vs. goalies, since that is an interesting problem of player valuation. My contention is that history actually shows that the voters were completely consistent in backing Price, and would in fact have been just as likely in years past to choose a goalie season equivalent to Price's over a scoring season like Ovechkin's.