Switch Luongo and Price and lets see how those 2 do...
In the regular season, I don't think Price would have put up the great numbers he did playing behind Vancouver. Price put up stellar numbers partially because he was on a crappy team and it forced him to elevate his play.
I don't think he would have been pushed as much to elevate his play on the Canucks.
Price will likely be 5th in voting. No big deal, it just means other goalies had better seasons than him, it doesn't mean they are the better goalie in the long run.
Everyone went with the stats and in that regard Price just didn't have a chance. Luongo was 2nd in GAA in the regular season and 1st in wins. He deserved to be nominated before Price, if you only go by stats of course.
Luongo, as good as he is, had those Osgood-like numbers from playing behind a Detroit-like team in Vancouver this year. I totally think Lundqvist, and his league leading 11 shutouts on an 18th in the league overall team (not to mention his sv% and GAA which still compare very favourably with the nominees), should be on the ballot instead. Thomas should obviously be there, and Rinne had a fantastic season too but... it really does look like they just took the starters with the top 3 SV% and GAA and made them finalists, which is kinda disappointing. Tough competition for Price this year, and I just don't see any way of justifying putting him on the ballot over the 4 guys I mentioned above.
Great to hear if you're a Montreal Canadiens fan, this news couldn't have come at a better moment after the heart-breaking loss of yesterday. Price is a real competitor, even though he won't ever say it out loud, I know deep inside him he wants to prove to everyone that he should have been part of the finalists. Hopefully, this news will give Price the boost needed after the bad loss. He now has all the determination in the world to show that he's a better goalie than Thomas and steal the series for Montreal.
I have no problem with this both in the context of there being a lot of deserving goalies this year and in the selfish sense that I don't want to give him any more bargaining chips than he already has a year from now.
I will have a problem when every analyst and their mother will yak about how the Habs are doomed for failure this off-season because they relied on Price to drag them to the playoffs. For one, that is a very over-simplified take on the Habs' season. And also, if he isn't even a top 3 goalie in the league according to the GMs, then it isn't as rare as people would have you believe to have a very good goalie save your bacon.
Despite many people being disappointed with Price the past two games, I think he is still the best goalie in the league (stats don't paint the whole picture), so I'm fine with no Vezina, cuz it's more about stats, but I think he deserves the Hart. Only person I think equally deserving is Perry.