by Patrick Hoffman on 01/09/12 at 10:38 PM ET
Since joining the league in the 2005-06 season, New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been nominated the Vezina Trophy three times (2006, 2007, and 2008).
Unfortunately, he has yet to win it despite deserving to win it each of those three seasons. This season, however, might be his best chance.
Dave Lozo of NHL.com says that Lundqvist is the front-runner to win the award this season so far:
The Rangers’ rise to the top of the NHL standings has been jump-started by the 29-year-old, who has been nominated for the Vezina three times but has yet to win it. His numbers for the season are excellent—18-7-4, 1.89, .939—and he’s been even better recently. Since Dec. 1, Lundqvist is 8-3-1 with a 1.57 GAA and .947 save percentage.
The last Rangers’ masked man to win the Vezina was John Vabiesbrouck, and that was after the 1985-86 season. Prior to the “King”, the last Blueshirts’ goaltender to be nominated for the Vezina was Mike Richter after the 1990-91 season.
Should Lundqvist continue his fine play, the trophy should be his to win.
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