2014 Vezina Trophy Odds to Win
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - The three finalists are in place for the 2014 Vezina Trophy, now which goalie will take home the hardware later this month?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins is the clear favorite to win the Vezina Trophy at 20/23, while Semyon Varlamov of the Washington Capitals has the next-best odds at 7/5. Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning has the worst odds of the three, although they're comparable at 11/2.
All three of these finalists are first-year nominees. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the award last year while Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers took home the trophy in 2011-12. Tim Thomas (Bruins), Ryan Miller (Sabres) and Thomas again (Bruins) won the award in 2010-11, 2009-10, and 2008-09, respectively.
Rask started 58 games this season, going 36-15 with a 2.04 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. Valamov, meanwhile, went 41-14 with a 2.41 GAA and a .927 save percentage, while Bishop finished the year with a 37-14 record and a 2.23 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL's goaltender who is "adjudged to be the best at his position." At the end of each hockey season, NHL general managers vote to determine the winner and the honor is named after Georges Vezina, a goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens from 1910 until 1925. This year's trophy will be announced on June 24.