This is a pretty self-explanatory award. The only caveat is that "year" means calendar year of 2009. So no, Phil Kessel has no shot in hell (although he won this award last season). Here are the nominees...
Zdeno Chara - D
Tim Thomas - G
Marc Savard - C
Milan Lucic - LW
And the winner is...
Savard's value was fully demonstrated when he was absent due to injury early in the 09-10 season. The Bruins' power-play was impotent, the offense overall was predictable, and Krejci was somewhat exposed as a true 2nd liner. Savard's return reinvigorated the team. The Bruins are 14-8-3 when Savard plays, 7-4-4 when he doesn't.
Oh yeah, he also led the team in points last year with 88, 63 assists, and 25 goals.