And to rub salt into his own wound, Holmgren makes a trade this year at the deadline for Steve Mason, Bob's backup in Columbus...you just can't make this stuff up!
I think Holmgren is a decent GM, but when it comes to goalies he really needs to back off before he causes nuclear damage somewhere.
Holmgren should be fired for the moves he's made the last two years. It's not even close in my mind. One of the worst two seasons I''ve seen a GM have outside of NY in recent time.
I would not mind losing out to the Bob, he had a great year while he was on no ones radar starting the season. I don't know if having no pressure factors into this, but he walked the walk and kept up with the best in the world. Not making the playoffs was not on him, he did his part and then some.
I also haven't seen a goalie mean so much to his team as he does in years. Hockey is such a system based sport with it's goalies and so many can look good on good teams and bad in different systems. IMO, Hank is one of the few that I think can put up numbers on any team or system. Hell, we saw him with the garbage teams in mid 2000s still put up great seasons.
And Marc-Andre Fleury won more games than Lundqvist last year. Ergo, he was more deserving of the Vezina, right?
Win-loss is something that the entire TEAM determines, not just one player. A goaltender has far more control over his GAA and SV% than his record. Great goalie, bad team? Mediocre win total. Average goalie, great team? Good win totals.
Do you decide your Cy Young winner based on who wins the most games?
It's hard for me to fathom how a Rangers fan could not understand the concept of a great goalie propping up a mediocre team.
That great goaltending propping up a mediocre team still made the playoffs with Henrik in all but 1 season.