Actually, I disagree. Other than BOB, the choices were laughable. He turned Colombus around. They almost made the playoffs. He was stellar. He deserves to win, IMO
But not having Rask even be nominated is a joke.
I agree with you about Bobrovski. I think he is my first choice for the award. Without him, I don't think CLB sniffs the playoffs. But I thik Henrik getting more votes than Tuukka is completely based on reputation, and not on performance in this season. Tuukka was pretty clearly better than Lundqvist this season. I can't really offer much opinion on Niemi, but he has looked pretty darned good in the playoffs.
On a more short-term note, Tuukaa was freaking phenomenal last night!
I thought Tuuka allowed 1-2 semi-soft goals last night, but he played AWESOME when it counted. Some of those saves in OT were pretty insane. So glad Krejci scored when he did to save some of the remaining heartbeats my life has haha.
The only one I wasn't happy with was the tying goal. I don't know how he let it sneak under his right pad. But it WAS a slapper from about 12 feet, so I'm not gonna jump on him too much for it.
I spent all night up with a screaming child, so I don't remember specifics, or anything remotely detailed about the game. I just remember thinking that he would have liked to have all 3 goals back, but that Jack Edwards must have a bone dry well right now cuz he was awfully excited about some of the saves Rask made.
The two most significant statistics to measure a goaltender’s worth are save percentage and goals-against average. Since Rask entered the NHL in 2007-08, not a single goalie with at least 100 games played ranks higher than the thin Fin in either category. No matter what the Eye Test says, he’s been the best in the entire league.
Rask’s career save percentage is .927, while he has a 2.15 GAA. He has a record of 66-45-16 with 16 shutouts in 138 games.
For point of reference, the 30-year-old Rinne – he of huge wallet fame – became a full-timer in 2008-09 and he’s appeared in 293 career games with a 153-88-34 record and 30 whitewashes. However, his save percentage is .920 and he sports a 2.36 GAA.
Advantage, Rask. Twice.
Look at any other goalie in the league at a comparable age and service time who’s already cashed in and you’ll find Rask’s numbers are superior.
Price? The 25-year-old just finished the first of a 6-year, $39 million deal. His numbers? A .915 save percentage and 2.56 GAA.
Kari Lehtonen of the Stars? He’s 29 and his 5-year, $29.5 million contract begins next season with a respectable but inferior .914 save percentage and 2.71 GAA.
Reigning Stanley Cup champ and 27-year old Jonathan Quick? The Kings stud and UMass Amherst alumnus inked a 10-year deal worth $58 million. His digits? A .915 save percentage and 2.32 GAA.
How about 29-year-old Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings? That’s another deal that begins next season, good for six years and $31.75 million. He’s got a career .918 save percentage and 2.36 GAA.
Other players who received big deals a few years ago at age 26 include Lunqvist and Ward, but the man in black and gold makes their numbers look black and blue.