This obviously means Henrik Lundqvist was not nominated.
...obviously the NHL doesn't watch many Rangers games because if they did he'd be a shoo-in. Rangers wouldn't have sniffed the playoffs without him and he led the league in shutouts!!!
...i'm still holding out for a Hart nomination which he may be more deserving of.
I'd love to see Hank get a Hart nod, but how many goalies get passed over for the Vezina and then pick up a Hart nomination? Ain't gonna happen.
Tim Thomas deserves the nomination, but I agree with Random. Luongo is a stretch in my opinion. He's very good, but he really has never elevated his teams with his presence in net. Pretty funny how he just got shelled for 12 goals against by Chicago in the days before this announcement.
There really isn't another goalie in the league that adds as much as Hank does to his team. I think a lot of voters filter Hank's hype and assume that, because he is in media-central New York, he's overrated. It's too bad because I think he deserves a nomination at least.
Of course, as pointed out, the NHL awards are pretty bullish*t anyway. Joe Thornton over Jagr a few years back was nuts and Esa Tikkanen, one of the the most agitating, tenacious, and offensively clutch, two-way players of his generation never got a Selke. Between the obvious bias in favor of North American players (especially Canadians) and the anti-NY sentiment around the league, Lundquist may not get his Vezina for a while. Hopefully he'll get a Stanley Cup ring before too long!!!
A) WTF w/ Luongo? It's not hard to look like a good goalie with the best team in the league in front of you. Why is it all about stats? Goalie stats are inherently reliant on the other players on the team, not just the goalie.
B) I agree about the Hart, but essentially zero chance of him getting nominated. Again, it's the super flashy point scorers and dazzling stats that win it, never mind that the supposed definition of the award has nothing to do with stats.
I have NO problem if they want to honor the guys who score the most points or have the best goalie stats. Zero. But then change the damn trophy description to reflect that. Don't call it 'best at their position' and 'most valuable to their team' if you're not actually honoring players who are those things.
Daniel Sedin is not the player in the league most valuable to his team - he proved that last year by missing a decent chunk of the season with an injury. Did Vancouver suffer? No. They were still top 5 in the league and the other super twin just took over his scoring for him. That's not indicative of who should win the Hart.
And clearly, Crosby and Malkin should never win it either, because the Pens have been fine despite head and knee boo-boos. But there is a reason Ranger fans were panicking when Hank's neck was in question when Biron was already out - nothing against Chad Johnson, but I'm thinking that if he'd played the last 26 instead of Lundqvist, they're already golfing and not packing for another game in Washington at this point.
Off soapbox now. These damn NHL awards are just so damn frustrating when they just ignore their own stipulations for winning them.
hart is prolly going to a sedin. It seems rare that a goalie ever wins, or gets a nomination even though half the games a teams wins or lose depend on the goalie.
@hartmd21 Agreed, but there is no other player in the league that means more to their team than Lundqvist. Rangers not sniffing the playoffs without him.