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Bobrovsky wins the Vezina

Jun 15, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

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Sergei Bobrovsky is the winner of the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best goaltender, the league announced today.

The Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, last year’s winner, and the Sharks’ Antti Niemi were the other two finalists.

Bobrovsky finished the regular season with a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 38 games, nearly helping the Columbus Blue Jackets, last season’s worst team, to the playoffs.

The 24-year-0ld becomes the first Russian-born winner of the Vezina.

“I am very excited to receive this award and proud to be recognized with Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Niemi, who both had great seasons and are great goaltenders,” said Bobrovsky in a team release.  “I would like to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, my coaches and teammates who played so hard in front of me every night and the fans who supported us because this would not be possible without them.  I also want to thank my family, especially my wife, Olga, my parents, Andrei and Larissa, and sister, Julia, for all of their love and support and everyone who has helped me achieve this great honor.  I work hard to try to be the best player I can be and help my team win and am very honored to receive the Vezina Trophy.”

For the Blue Jackets, the challenge now becomes re-signing Bobrovsky, a pending restricted free agent that KHL club SKA St. Petersburg has also been pursuing.

Bobrovsky was traded to the Blue Jackets from Philadelphia at last year’s draft. It was one of the last, and no doubt one of the best, moves that soon-to-be-fired Columbus general manager Scott Howson made before he was replaced.

2012-2013 Vezina Trophy Voting (by NHL general managers)

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ 110 (17-8-1)
2. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 55 (3-12-4)
3. Antti Niemi, S.J. 46 (6-4-4)
4. Craig Anderson, OTT 22 (3-1-4)
5. Tuukka Rask, BOS 12 (0-3-3)
6. Jimmy Howard, DET 9 (0-0-9)
7. Ray Emery, CHI 6 (1-0-1)
8. Corey Crawford, CHI 5 (0-1-2)
9. Jonas Hiller, ANA 3 (0-1-0)
10. Niklas Backstrom, MIN 1 (0-0-1)
Carey Price, MTL 1 (0-0-1)

Related: CBJ GM eager to push Bobrovsky negotiations forward

  1. tyler4richardson - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Good decision.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Right call. Honestly he could have been mentioned as a Hart candidate for what he meant to Columbus this year. For God’s sake, get him resigned.

  3. hockeyfan1701 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    To bad he was not good enough to play in Philly….

    • 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Too bad Philly was too stupid to use him properly, you mean?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        How so? Bob had plenty of starts and had his time to shine. Please grace us with your wisdom on how stupid Lavy should have used him.

  4. gsprulz - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Hope this motivates san jose and niemi because they didn’t get any east coast votes lol. Not as bad as a snub when Logan lost Calder but, damn 14 votes. No respect…

    • Windmiller4 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      I hate the Sharks but I’ll agree with you here. Niemi should’ve had more votes. Sometimes it seems the media only votes for East coast guys. Bob won because it made news everywhere when he began to carry them, it was too hard for them to ignore that

      • gsprulz - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        East coast has majority unfortunately. Even the terms of lifting ones team is debatable between the two. Playing at 10pm isn’t in our favor at all.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        Quite honestly the players should vote on all trophies. It’s a joke that a lot of the people voting for this have never played. There should also be a separate trophy for best offensive defenseman cause it’s a disgrace to see Subban win the Norris

      • rebel21das - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        It’s really annoying honestly, Niemi should have gotten way more votes but the so-called sports guys make the final call, it’s sad really.

  5. axisofweasels - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    first russian to win? thats somewhat surprising.

    HI PHILLY, how you guys doin?

    • tcclark - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      I’m honestly doin ok. Bob would have never done this in Philly. He was stuck behind Bryzgalov and the expectations are just too high in Philadelphia. He showed promise at times, but he could never do enough to satisfy Flyers fans or the media. The fact is, Paul Holmgren traded our backup goaltender with a GAA over 3 for a high second round pick. That was a steal of a trade and while he had a great year, no one could say that he would have played this well in Philadelphia.

      Not to mention Anthony Stolarz, who we got with that draft pick, played out of his mind this year and is looking like a stud.

  6. blue21c - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    BOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. bruinpred - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I’m biased but what is the difference between Bobrovsky this year and Rinne last year?

  8. ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Should have been niemi :(

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Put a smile to my face

  10. 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Chicago’s backup got more votes than its starter. What’s up with that?

  11. Habib Marwan - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    he wouldnt have flourished in philly with the situation he was in and the defense around him .. move on

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