Penguins players say Sidney Crosby should win Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) takes the puck behind the net as New Jersey Devils' Steve Bernier (18) defends during an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Believe it or not, Sidney Crosby's teammates think the Pittsbugh Penguins star is the NHL's most valuable player.

If it was up to them, Crosby would win his second Hart Trophy. It's not, of course - the decision will be made by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The Penguins aren't above a bit of public lobbying on Crosby's behalf, though, even if Crosby suffered a jaw injury a few weeks ago that put him out of action for the rest of the season.

"Obviously, when he's been healthy, I don't think there's any question he's been the MVP," Penguins center Brandon Sutter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I don't think there's anyone who's done what he has this season when he's been playing."

At least this much is true: even though he's injured, Crosby's 56 points this season are the most in the NHL. And whether Crosby plays or not, the Penguins have a commanding seven-point lead over the Montréal Canadiens for the Eastern Conference's top playof seed.

Read more from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.