Silverman: Hart Trophy Finalist Tavares Will Bring Award Home This Season

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CBS New York

By Steve Silverman
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Some observers might call John Tavares something of an interloper.

Just what was he doing with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin as a finalist last season for the NHL’s Hart Trophy? (If it was any other professional sports league, we would say the MVP award, but the NHL has named each of its trophies and we fall right in line with their practices.)

Tavares did not win the award — a late surge by Ovechkin helped him turn around a miserable season — but Tavares announced himself as one of the game’s elite players in 2013.

He was solid before last season, but he has turned into something special. The 2013-14 season is about Tavares getting even better. Superstars are not stagnant. They are constantly working at their craft to get better.

Tavares is in a group that includes Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jonathan…

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