Dallas Stars Daily Links: Will Bishop Win the Vezina?

The Stars’ goaltender could win the first Vezina Trophy of his career and in franchise history tonight. Plus, why Dallas shouldn’t try to trade Jamie Benn, the Flyers make some moves, and more.

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.

You can read more from Mattew DeFranks here.

Stars Stories

Looks like the Texas Stars will have even more competition between the pipes this season:

The possibility of trading captain Jamie Benn has been a popular topic this offseason, but is it even a good idea to begin with?

The NHL Entry Draft is just a couple days away! Who do you think the Stars will pick?

Around the League

The Philadelphia Flyers made some waves yesterday in the headlines. First, they traded for Justin Braun from the San Jose Sharks, for reasons I’m not quite sure about:

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:

Big news in San Jose — Joe Thornton expects to return next season:

Finally, let’s wrap up with some more NHL Awards talk. Here’s a primer on each award and its finalists.