Boy, that one friend/family member/angry uncle whose Bruins takes you cannot stand to hear is going to be mad about this one!
The NHL announced the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy this afternoon, and Tuukka Rask is one of them!
Rask joins Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Connor Hellebucyk of the Winnipeg Jets in the running for the trophy given to the league’s best goalie.
Still maligned by segments of the fan base who simply need to blame someone whenever things don’t work out, Rask had a great season prior to the shutdown.
He was 26-8-6, had five shutouts, and sported a 2.16 GAA and .929 save percentage. He and Jaroslav Halak also shared the Jennings Trophy given to the goalies with the fewest goals allowed.
While Rask is certainly a deserving nominee, it’ll be interesting to see how this goes. He has the fewest appearances of the finalists with 41 — and it’s not really close, as Vasilevskiy had 52 and Hellebuyck had 58.
While the numbers of all three guys were comparable, and Rask has the edge in GAA and save percentage, one can’t help but think the light workload is going to hurt his chances.
If I were a betting man, I’d put money on Hellebucyk to win, but here’s to hoping that Rask pulls it out.
Rask already has one Vezina Trophy to his name, earned back in 2014.