Random thoughts for a Monday morning, two days before trade deadline:

• If Sidney Crosby, as expected, misses the rest of the regular season, it will at least make the Hart Trophy race interesting. Before Crosby broke his jaw over the weekend, he had the award basically wrapped up. But the question now is, has Crosby done enough to this point to be the league’s MVP if he misses a quarter of his team’s games? Barring a furious late season charge by another prominent player, absolutely. So far, Crosby has been both the league’s best player and the most valuable to his team by a significant margin.