Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers with the Hart Memorial Trophy during the NHL Awards in 2017. McDavid is up for the award again despite his team not making the playoffs.
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Season’s best feted despite poor or no playoffsRe: Hart Trophy finalists named, April 29The NHL has entered a parallel universe where the regular season is deemed more significant than the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. How else can one explain the three finalists for the Hart trophy for the most valuable player?Voters are to choose between one player (Connor McDavid) whose team did not even qualify for the post-season, and two others (Kucherov and Crosby) whose teams were swept in round one.While this new universe might provide some comfort to the Calgary Flames, it seems unlikely to me that fans will be chanting “we want to win the division” rather than “we want the Cup.”It is worth noting that the much-maligned Dougie Hamilton, who was rushed out of Calgary, is now playing for a team that just eliminated the defending champions and has a 2-0 lead in Round 2.Philip E. Carr, Calgary Oil and gas not dirty wordsRe: Federal minister shows extreme bias against Alberta oil, Opinion, April 27I was deeply saddened to read Catherine McKennas’ tweet accusing Conservative leader Andrew Scheer of scheming against the Canadian environment by meeting with oil and gas executives and First Nations leaders from the Modern Miracle Network. Scheer has a right, if not obligation, to be kept abreast of the oil and gas situation in Canada. The phrase in the Environment Ministers’ tweet “scheming behind closed doors with wealthy executives to gut environmental protection laws,” was, at best, untrue and, at worse, an uncaring diatribe to the hundreds of thousands of Canadians that have lost their careers in this industry.Canadians like myself that do not reside in Ontario and Quebec desperately want to feel like we are a valued part of this wonderful country. It seems like such a shame when we have to fight for our rightful position in this confederation at every turn.Douglas Grant Hittel, Calgary Cutting off our nose to spite our faceRe: The right climate for a fight, Opinion, April 26The issue is not a complex one if some sanity and simple thinking prevails. When our government abolishes the carbon tax, the federal government will impose theirs. So, Albertans will be sending $1.4 billion/year to Ottawa.By all means, fight the carbon tax in the courts, which will very likely be a multi-year process, possibly all the way to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, we will be sending the money to the feds, to be used at their pleasure, rather than keeping it in Alberta.Let’s not be stupid!Ivan Cancik, Calgary ‘Gaudy’ signage for gay exhibit offends genteel atmosphereThe beautiful gardens at the Historic Lougheed House have been an oasis where all could enjoy a peaceful moment of beauty and serenity. Recently this tasteful retreat has been marred by displays of gaudy and flippant signs advertising an exhibit in the House called “Queer History.”In these times of political correctness and sensitivity, one questions the suitability of such language anywhere but especially at this stately old home.Catherine Shillington Nelson, Calgary