PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Despite what Capitals’ head coach Adam Oates thinks, USA Today Hockey Writer Kevin Allen sees Sidney Crosby as the front-runner for MVP.

Allen joined Starkey, Miller and Mueller to talk about who he will cast his vote for when it comes time to nominate the NHL’s MVP, and it sounds like his mind is made up.

“Crosby, and I think he’s going to win easily,” Allen said. “I don’t know what the number is for the number of games that a minimum you need to play to qualify, there’s nothing written in the rules, but there’s a sense out there.  But 75 percent of the games in a season to me, moves beyond that.”

There has always been the question about how you determine an MVP, and Allen gave us a look into what his criteria is.

“At this time of year, we all start to give our opinions on what we think the MVP is.  The guy that’s had the biggest impact is the way I view it, and I just don’t know any other way,” Allen added.  “Any way you can measure it, Crosby has been the best all around player.”

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