New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens,
Pekka Rinne from the Nashville Predators and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk have
been named finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.
Price gained the nomination after recording a career, league and franchise
high with 44 wins along with personal-bests in goals-against average (1.96),
save percentage (.933) and shutouts (9) across 66 appearances for the Habs
this past season.
Rinne returned with renewed strength following an injury-interrupted 2013-14
campaign due to hip surgery, leading the Preds back to the playoffs after
going 41-17-6 with a 2.18 GAA, .923 save percentage and four shutouts. The
steady Finn tied for second on the NHL wins list and third in goals-against
Dubnyk surged into consideration on the back of his impressive performance
since arriving in the Twin Cities following a January trade from the Coyotes.
He ended the year going 27-9-2, posting a 1.78 GAA and blanking opponents on
five occasions in 39 games with Minnesota. Overall, the 28-year-old ended up
second in GAA (2.07) and save percentage (.929) while posting a 36-14-4 record
in 58 games.
General managers of all 30 NHL teams submitted ballots for the award at the
conclusion of the regular season.
The winner will be announced June 24 during the NHL Awards ceremony
in Las Vegas.