The NHL announced Wednesday that Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Niemi and Sergei Bobrovsky are your three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.
Lundqvist you know as the guy who routinely stonewalls the Flyers, Niemi you know as the guy who was in net for the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup win over the Flyers, and Bobrovsky is the guy the Flyers traded away last summer, because he was stuck behind Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bobrovsky went 21-11-6 in 2013 with a .932 save percentage (second in the league) and a 2.00 goals-against (fifth).
Bryzgalov, meanwhile, has seven years remaining on his nine-year, $51 million deal, is an obvious candidate for amnesty and a headcase. It's possible — probable? — the Flyers will keep him around another year and see what happens with both he and Steve Mason on the team.
Mason arrived at the trade deadline and went 4-2 in seven games (one relief) with a .944 save percentage and 1.90 GAA.Columbus got rid of him because he was stuck behind Bob.
Well, I mean, he's just a finalist right, it's not li—
A fair three (though Rask had my vote). Bobrovsky had best year, though RT @kkurzcsn: Niemi a Vezina finalist with Lundqvist and Bobrovsky.
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) May 8, 2013
— EJ Hradek (@EJHradek_NHL) April 24, 2013
Bobrovsky's going to win the Vezina, and it won't be close. On that I think we can all agree.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 8, 2013
This one sums it up nicely:
— Philly.com Sports (@phillysport) May 8, 2013