Thursday, June 14, 2007


Brodeur Makes it Three

Congratulations are in order for Martin Brodeur. He has won his third Vezina trophy, which is given to the NHL's most outstanding goaltender of the season. How can this be? Brodeur set a new NHL record in wins with 48, which is exhibit A for his Vezina victory. When you also consider his 33 one-goal wins, 12 shutouts, and being among the best (if not the best) in all statistical categories for goaltenders, it's easy to see why Brodeur deserved the Vezina.

Jay Pandolfo finished third in the Frank J. Selke trophy behind Rod Brind'Amour and Sami Pahlsson. Brodeur finished in third behind Sidney Crosby and Roberto Luongo.

Again, congratulations to Brodeur for winning the Vezina trophy.


I find it incredibly disappointing that a player who doesn't want to be defined as a defensive forward has won the Selke the last two years when Pandolfo is nothing but a defensive forward (seeing as how he poses no offensive threat whatsoever) ends up an also-ran. Not only that, but to have Pando (the least penalized player in the league if you factor in games played) not even nominated for the Lady Byng is a sad story. The player who's sole job is to shadow the fastest and most skilled players in the league and does it while playing within the rules is passed over for Marty St. Louis, Joe Sakic, and Pavel Datsyuk? Simply put: pathetic.
For what it's worth, I believe Pandolfo finished fourth in voting for the Lady Byng. You make a good point about Pandolfo's ability to shut down players while taking very few penalties. Unfortunately, it's hard to quantify or easily show defense.

Unless I'm mistaken, I think the sports writers vote on all the trophies save for the Vezina (GMs) and the Pearson (NHLPA).
"Marty accepts the trophy, feeling somewhat strange that 33 one-goal wins, 12 shutouts and being one of the season's best didn't help him and his team during the playoffs.

The bones are getting old...the Newark arena paint will affect his eyes, and he was outdone by the young ones. One more season perhaps."

In Lou We Trust, prepare for The King over the bridge -- away from Newark is a Metropolitan where The Dark Ranger lurks. The New York Rangers will seize your new arena. The new season is ours!

Uh, TDR, unless you're actually on the Rangers - the season can't possibly be yours. Also, how does one seize an arena? Does MSG have a desperate need of repair?

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