Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 11/11/06 at 09:44 PM ET
Yep. The NHL's going to an all online All Star voting system this year. According to the official press release from the NHL office, fans will be able to vote via their cell phones and on NHL.com.
But, Wing fans, if you're looking for the goaltender leading the league in GAA and shutouts, well...don't strain your eyes.
Because Dominik Hasek isn't even on the list of nominees.
Hasek is sporting a GAA of 1.75 (1st), save percentage of .911 (11th), 3 shutouts (1st) and 8 wins (3rd).
Nikolai Khabibulin owns a GAA of 3.36, 4 wins, 0 shutouts, 6 games played and a save percentage of .890. None of those are in the top 30. But, you can vote for him if you'd like.
The other goalies you have to choose from?
* Manny Fernandez, (2.17, .928, 8 wins, 1 shutout)
* J.S. Giguere, (1.98, .928, 9 wins, 2 shutouts)
* Miikka Kiprusoff, (2.44, .921, 6 wins, 2 shutouts)
* Roberto Luongo, (2.45, .907, 8 wins, 1 shutout)
* Dwayne Roloson, (2.47, .918, 7 wins, 1 shutout)
* Marty Turco, (1.84, .931, 10 wins, 1 shutout)
* Tomas Vokoun, (2.81, .912, 7 wins, 1 shutout)
Those last seven goalies listed clearly belong on the ballot. But more than Hasek? It's a curious thing that he was left off, considering his career body of work and the fact that the league wouldn't have to defend itself by putting him on. Also add in the fact that he's at least top ten in every category but one, and leading in two?
Four Wings are eligible for your votes: Nick Lidstrom, Matthieu Schneider, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
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