The NHL Awards are tonight, and up for the Vezina Trophy — awarded by the General Managers to the league’s best goaltender — is Dallas Stars netminder Ben Bishop:
Bishop led the league with a .934 save percentage and was second with a 1.98 goals-against average... Bishop set a new career high with seven shutouts and nearly carried the Stars to the Western Conference final by making 52 saves in a double-overtime loss in Game 7 to St. Louis. It was the most saves by a Dallas goaltender in more than a decade.
This is Bishop’s third year as a finalist, and he’s up against some fierce competition in Robin Lehner and former teammate Andrei Vasilevskiy. Winning the trophy would not only be a first for Bishop, but for the Stars as well:
Should Bishop not win the Vezina, he would join Roberto Luongo and Curtis Joseph as the only goaltenders in NHL history with three top-three finishes and zero wins. The Stars have never won a Vezina Trophy, with Marty Turco’s second-place finish in 2002-03 the closest Dallas has come.
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Looks like the Texas Stars will have even more competition between the pipes this season:
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Around the League
BREAKING: The #Flyers have acquired defenseman Justin Braun from San Jose in exchange for a second-round pick in this year's draft (41st overall) and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 18, 2019
Much later, they signed Kevin Hayes — whose rights they recently acquired — to a lucrative contract, again for reasons I’m not quite sure about:
Here’s a great piece on draft prospect Nicholas Robertson, younger brother of Stars’ prospect Jason Robertson:
The #NHLDraft has a strong contingent of American talent from the #NTDP. But @PetesOHLhockey forward Nicholas Robertson is proof that there's significant talent away from the program. @StevenEllisTHN with the story.https://t.co/aIXfoWysZD— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 19, 2019
Big news in San Jose — Joe Thornton expects to return next season:
I look forward to the next 10 years of Joe Thornton's career. https://t.co/0vhLEyl79e— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 19, 2019
Finally, let’s wrap up with some more NHL Awards talk. Here’s a primer on each award and its finalists.