Award Season Nears, Rinne Among Few Goalies In Contention For Vezina
Scorers don’t get all of the trophies, though. In fact, there is one trophy specifically for those who are brave enough to try and keep the pucks out of the net. The Vezina Trophy is awarded to the league’s top goaltender and unlike the Richard and the Art Ross, the Vezina is not based specifically on any one statistic. At the end of the regular season, the league’s 30 general managers vote for their top three choices of best goaltender. The votes are then tallied and the trophy is awarded to the winner. With that in mind, there are three or four goalies that have strong chances to win. Boston’s Tim Thomas currently leads the league in save percentage and goals against average, and has played solidly all year behind a strong team.
Carey Price has rebounded from a tough year that saw him playing back-up to Jaroslav Halak for much of the season. This year though, Price leads the league in wins with 33 on the 2009-2010 season. One name hardly thrown around at all is Nashville’s goalie Pekka Rinne who is playing on a worse team than Tim Thomas, while still putting up nearly the exact same numbers.