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Henrik Lundqvist

39-18-5, 8 shutouts, 1.97GAA, .930SP

  • 3rd in shutouts
  • 3rd in goals-against average
  • 3rd in save percentage
  • 3rd in wins

Jonathan Quick

35-21-13 , 11 shutouts, 1.95GAA, .929SP

  • 1st in shutouts
  • 1st in goals-against average
  • 3rd in save percentage
  • Tied for 5th in wins

Pekka Rinne

43-18-0, 5 shutouts, 2.39GAA, .923SP

  • Tied for 10th in shutouts
  • 10th in goals-against average
  • 5th in save percentage
  • 1st in wins
  • Tied for 1st in appearances

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne and Los Angeles Kings puck stopper Jonathan Quick were announced Wednesday as finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

Lundqvist is back as a finalist after being among the final three from 2006 to 2008. The Swedish native helped back stop Rangers  to first in the east this year, finishing in the top 5 in every meaningful statistical category.

Quick was the biggest reason by far that the Kings were able to squeak into the playoffs, with an NHL-best 11 shutouts. He lost six separate games by a 1-0 score, as his teammates were a lowly 29th of 30 teams in goal production this season. In my opinion, Quick wins it this year.

Rinne is a finalist for a second consecutive season. In addition to being up for the award last season he finished fourth in Hart Trophy voting as league most valuable player. This season, the six-foot-five Finn faced more rubber than any other goaltender but still managed to finish fifth in save percentage. (more…)


Chad Johnson

Posted: March 15, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Rangers

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

The Good: Johnson has excellent size for the goaltending position at the National Hockey League level. He is efficient in his body movements and makes good use of his large frame in covering the net. He has a good glove, and generally stays square to the shooter. His combination of size, speed and technique will give him another opportunity to claim the backup role behind Henrik Lundqvist. He is capable of dominating at lower levels, and can be a solid NHL backup, which adds to his trade value. He has proven he can play during limited stretches in the NHL on a recall basis. (more…)

New York Rangers Depth Chart

Posted: February 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, New York Rangers

  1. Henrik Lundqvist
  2. Martin Biron
  3. Chad Johnson
  4. Cameron Talbot
  5. Scott Stajcer
  6. Jason Missiaen

Martin Biron

Posted: January 17, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Rangers

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Good: Biron, for the most part, looks comfortable in net both physically and mentally. Like Henrik Lundqvist, he is a competitor who wants nothing more than to win. You can see that in the way he guards the net, but his stellar performances fall short sometimes because his teammates sometimes dont want it as badly as he did. Marty is a very intelligent guy, as most goalies are, and evidently did his scouting when it came to fellow netminders from around the league. His effective advice on how to beat a goaltender during shootouts earned him the nickname “shootout guru”, and again displayed his unselfish team-first traits.  Now a veteran, he’s poised and rarely gets rattled after giving up a bad goal. He has good agility and the cockiness needed to play between the pipes. For only $800K, Biron is one of the best backup goaltenders in the league. He has won everywhere he has gone. (more…)

Henrik Lundqvist

Posted: January 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Rangers

The Good: Lundqvist is no question a highly talented goalie. He has a very calm style of playing, and often moves out well to cover shots. Moves well, has good reflexes and uses his blocker well. Has a strong will to win and really hates losing. There isn’t many goalies who play better under pressure. He has great anticipation and can make spectacular saves look routine. Extremely competitive, he has performed at a very high level in just about every league or tournament he’s played in. He takes away most of the bottom of the net and has spectacular lateral movement. Lundqvist is one of the leagues top elite goaltenders, and since he was picked 205th overall in 2000, he was a great find by the New York Rangers. (more…)