Corey Crawford Gets Zero Respect, And It’s A Joke
On Wednesday night, the NHL announced the three finalist for the Vezina Trophy for Most Outstanding Goaltender of the Year. The three finalists named were Braden Holtby, Jonathan Quick and Ben Bishop. We all know that it is Holtby’s award this year, without question, but to be a finalist still goes a long way in the eyes of fans and your peers. For Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Crawford to not be named a finalist for the award is a complete joke and just puts a sour stamp on a season in which Crawford, yet again, got no respect from the NHL community.
Crawford Snubbed — Again
Just as a refresher, here are the numbers for Crawford, Dubnyk and Rinne heading into the All-Star break:
- Crawford – (25-10-2) / GAA – 2.17 / SV% – .929 / SO – 6
- Dubnyk – (18-12-4) / GAA – 2.32 / SV% – .920 / SO – 4
- Rinne – (16-14-7) / GAA – 2.57 / SV% – .902 / SO – 2
And you can find MORE on Crawford being snubbed in this article here.
But when it comes to the Vezina Trophy, the award for the best goalie all season, for Crawford not to be listed as one of the top three in the NHL is backwards. Here are the numbers for all three finalists, as well as Crawford’s final regular-season stats:
- Holtby – 66 Games / 48-9-7 / .922 SV% / 2.20 GAA / 3 SO / 120 Team Points
- Quick – 68 Games / 40-23-5 / .918 SV% / 2.22 GAA / 5 SO / 102 Teams Points
- Bishop – 61 Games / 35-21-4 / .926 SV% / 2.06 GAA / 6 SO / 97 Team Points
- Crawford – 58 Games / 35-18-5 / .924 SV% / 2.37 GAA / 7 SO / 103 Team Points
So all in all:
- Crawford played in fewer games than the three finalists
- Crawford had a higher save percentage than both Quick and Holtby
- Crawford had fewer losses than Quick and Bishop
- Crawford had the highest goals-against average
- Crawford had the most shutouts this season
- Only Holtby and the Capitals finished with a better record than the Blackhawks
It’s still perplexing how the NHL general managers could not vote Crawford onto the Vezina Finalist list over Bishop or Quick. The snub on the Vezina list just further advances the rhetoric of Crawford being consistently undermined and given little respect when it comes to being mentioned as one of the top goaltenders in the league, which he has been for the last three years.
One last thing. I’ll just leave these two pictures of Crawford here: