For the award voting yes and no... Playoff really doesn't affect the voting but it could influence it next year, if you have the same performance.
Majority of the time who ever win the scoring race usually wins the MVP unless the person is so dominating. I got a feeling St. Louis will win it because he lead the league in scoring (Arts Ross) plus leading TB the best record.
But if they rated on heart maybe Iggy has a chance...
Brodeur shouldn't win... to me I didn't think he has a great season. Probably the reason he got reconized is because his defensemen were all hurt.
Wonder when would Sundin get nominated as MVP.
Anyways... some of the awards doesn't make sense to me anymore. They have FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY to reconized the best defense forward which is cool because a lot of these folks are unsung heroes. But yet they have only one award for defense, JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY, as the best defensemen.... there were times this award were given out based on +/- Ratings... some say the defense that score the most usually win this. They should have BOBBY Orr Trophy... reconized the defensemen that plays like a scorer
Another is LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY, for best sportsmanship... I mean every year the folks that get nominated are scorers that don't fight etc... but I bet there is probably lots of no names that really should get this... but didn't. To me this award is like given to those scores that never won an MVP or major award but NHL feel sorry for them so they gave this to them.
I hope Roberto Luongo wins the VEZINA TROPHY... why you might ask... look at him... he plays for a team that can't score... he take shots after shots... and still manage to try to save Panther's season. But he probably wouldn't win because his team sucks.