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More Lundqvist Vezina Trophy Talk

There has been a lot of talk over the last few weeks regarding New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his chances of winning the Vezina Trophy this season as the league’s top goaltender.

Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross jumped into the fray yesterday with a great piece on how Lundqvist is the Rangers’ hope of not only getting into the Stanley Cup playoffs, but succeeding in them as well.

He’ll certainly have competition for the Vezina from, among others, the Bruins’ Tim Thomas, the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo and the Predators’ Pekka Rinne.

But it’s doubtful there’s a goalie more valuable to his team than Lundqvist.

Because there’s no doubt the Rangers are still a flawed team — their blue-collar ethos notwithstanding – who likely will struggle to score in the playoffs. Marian Gaborik, who is supposed to be the team’s second superstar along with Lundqvist, is essentially a third-line right wing right now.

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Matt Fry's avatar

That’s all well and good and I think he’s a great player but the description isn’t “goalie more valuable to his team”.  It’s the player “adjudged to be the best at this position”.  I think it’ll be between Thomas, Luongo and Rinne/Lundqvist.  He’ll be a runner up again I think.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 03/30/11 at 01:35 PM ET

Navarath's avatar

He certainly needs to be in the discussion.  Every year he’s in the tip tier, and this year, I’m not sure there’s a better goaltender in the league.

Posted by Navarath on 03/30/11 at 01:44 PM ET

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Statistically it has to be Thomas and Rinne as 1-2.  They are clearly set as of today. The third spot gets trickier but I would give the edge to Lundqvist.

That said, Price is likely to pass both Luongo and Lundqvist for an undeserved 3rd place finish.

There really is no argument against Thomas taking home the Vezina… well no logical, objective one anyways.

Posted by Doh on 03/30/11 at 02:17 PM ET

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Second what everyone else said. Nothing against him, but this year, there’s no argument for Lunquist over Rinne, let alone Thomas.

Posted by steviesteve on 03/30/11 at 02:53 PM ET

Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

If Lundqvist posts 6 straight shutouts to close out the season he might be able to catch Rinne, but this race is already over. Thomas went up to .940 and below 2.00GAA after his latest game.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 03/30/11 at 03:01 PM ET

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Currently:
Lundqvist = 2.24, .924
Thomas = 1.96, .940

Lets say Lundqvist gives up 1 on 30 shots in the last 5 while Thomas gives up 4 on 30 in last 5

Lundqvist = 2.15, .927
Thomas = 2.14, .934

Posted by Doh on 03/30/11 at 03:27 PM ET

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