Why Jonathan Quick should overthrow King Henrik Lundqvist from the Vezina Trophy throne (Puck Daddy)
Since entering the NHL in 2005, Henrik Lundqvist has been absolutely stellar on some New York Rangers teams that have been good-to-average: Winning over 30 games in each of his first six NHL seasons, elevating the Rangers to a playoff berth in five of them.
This season, Lundqvist has been the backbone for a Rangers team that's currently leading the President's Trophy race. Statistically, it's been his best season: 39 wins, a 1.93 GAA and a .931 save percentage are career highs; his eight shutouts are his third-highest total.
In his first three seasons in the NHL, Henrik Lundqvist was a Vezina Trophy finalist but didn't win. So beyond his qualifications this season, there's also a sense that he's "due"; that the baton will be passed to him much like it was from Patrick Roy to Dominik Hasek and then from Hasek to Broduer. That this could formally begin a reign for King Henrik, who is 30 years old.
Unless, of course, an invading army from the West unseats him and crowns a new King — Jonathan Quick.
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