First of all...congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks (and specifically John Madden...my goodness I miss you...you never call or write..sigh) for the winning of Lord Stanley's cup and an overall impressive post season run. That much we cannot argue...the Chicago Blackhawks deserved/earned and were rightly presented the cup last eve...and on an individual level Jonathan Toews was deemed the playoffs most valuable player and awarded the Conn Smythe trophy. This prize...unlike the cup itself...leaves some room for argument and examination. So playing devil's advocate (no pun intended)...I was curious to think what we here at ILWT think of this selection. In my opinion it was between Jonathan Toews and Danny Briere...so the selection of Toews was not out of sorts and he was the deserving recipient. Although as per most years there is/was a slight favoring of selecting the Conn Smythe awardee from the winning cup team. I believe this year became a "tie goes to the runner" type of decision between Toews and Briere and I think a valid argument can be made for Briere being more valuable to his team's success than Toews in the post season if you look at numbers alone. As I do not want to turn this into a lengthy post examining stats of various players contributions etc etc...I simply ask you the reader: Who deserved the Conn Smythe trophy and why?