If only the last part of the season counted, I’d say the King might be a lock (he was 16-4-5 record, with a 1.72 GAA and .936 save percentage in 27 games). But Lundqvist most likely will lose out to Luongo or Brodeur.
The goalie was the only Ranger included among the finalists for the end of season awards, all of which were announced today. You may recall an earlier post when I listed “my votes”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/04/14/some-morning-thoughts/. Writers do not vote for either the Vezina, the Lester Pearson or the Jack Adams, although as John Dellapina of the Daily News can attest, I certainly tried.
Meanwhile, here are the finalists. The winners will be announced June 14.
*CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie):* Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins; Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche.
*FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward):* Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes; Samuel Pahlsson, Anaheim Ducks; Jay Pandolfo, New Jersey Devils.
*HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team):* Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks.
*JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach):* Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres; Michel Therrien, Pittsburgh Penguins; Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks.
*JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman):* Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks; Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks.
*LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct):* Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning.
*LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD (most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA):* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks.
*VEZINA TROPHY (outstanding goaltender):* Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks.