Sergei Bobrovsky is Probably Going to Win the Vezina Trophy

The league named Vezina finalists today:

There’s a decidedly European feel to this year’s Vezina Trophy candidates.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue JacketsHenrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks have been named finalists for the 2013 Vezina Trophy, awarded annually “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as voted by the general managers of the 30 NHL clubs.

Just a reminder that last summer the Flyers traded the prohibitive favorite to win the award for best goaltender in the league. Panic and carry on.


  1. Poverty of Truth

    May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Why wasn’t Bryzgalov selected?

  2. The Flyers need to change the culture of their team. They’re not patient enough and should have just kept Bob. I’m a Philly ex-pat that lives in CA now. The Flyers will ALWAYS be my #1 team no matter what, but with that being said, let’s go Sharks!

    • You got that right!

      May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      They are changing the culture hence why they aren’t making panicky moves anymore and are keeping this core

  3. This Blog Sucks

    May 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Once again, this blog has proven to know absolutely nothing about Hockey and any sport in general. This blog is the “TMZ” of Philly sports, ignoring all the relevant facts to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It’s also plastered in ads. You suck.

    • Where’s your blog? I’d love to read it sometime.

    • If you think the blog sucks, you don’t have to read it. It is apparent that you are an angry person that doesn’t like yourself very much. That’s a shame. Be well my friend.

    • Kyle Scott

      May 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      what is lcd about the guy likely winning the award for best goalie in the league? your argument is not a good one.

  4. How mad is Paul Holmgren RIGHT NOW? I’m so quick to blame him for not allowing Bobrovsky to develop like anyone with a clue about the game had suggested, and in the same vein, I’m so quick to forget that Snider forced his hand in acquiring Bryzgalov. Such a pathetic state this team is in.

  5. Homer is a loser

  6. All they had to do was nothing and they had a Stanley cup contender. Instead they shit the bed. Somebody needs to accept that blame for sure. When is that going to happen? Nobody did it?

    • they dont have to accept blame because like the eagles, much of their fan base is cult-like. people piss and moan all the time about these two teams yet they keep coming back for more. because of that both flyers and eagles management know that regardless of how their teams performs, the teams’ wallets will still be thick. funny thing is both the flyers and eagles are now a combined a 99 seasons without a championship yet which teams consistently have the stadiums full…..flyers and eagles. in short, dont hold your breath in waiting for that flyers explanation.

    • They had carter and Richards , got rid of them and they both beat my devils to win the cup

  7. Sophie Poupchuck

    May 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Roseman is the best GM in philly

  8. Dr StinkyNuts

    May 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm


  9. Good for Bob – he would never have done that here. He needed the less pressured atmosphere of Columbus to really blossom – happy for the kid.

  10. So what gets you fired as the Flyers GM? If trading away the player who in the next year wins the Vezina Trophy (after decades of searching for a franchise goalie..) isn’t a fireable offense, I don’t know what is, because that shows a considerable lack of judgement. They saw something they liked in him, signed him undrafted, brought him up through the system, panicked after a down playoff (still only 22yrs old) and traded him away (for what would end up to be Anthony Stolarz).

    Sorry Homer, but it’s time to move on from you to a new GM.

  11. Even if Bob were not a Vezina candidate, the trade was utterly foolish. To go into a season with Boosh & Leighton as our back-up plan when Bob could have (at bare minimum) been a solid back-up almost certainly cost the Flyers a playoff spot.

    Worst trade in a long time, even if Stolarz ends up being good.

  12. You got that right!

    May 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This is all Laviolette’s fault, not Homer. Who benches a rookie goalie after a 1-0 playoff loss on a goal scored in the final 3 minutes in Game 1? Things went downhill in net quickly after that and it led to Bryz being signed the same spring/summer.

    • Big Balls Chip

      May 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      +1…I was hoping someone was going to remind everyone of this. Laviolette is to blame for the Bob mess after the series against Buffalo. Game 1 – starter…Game 4 – press box. Unbelievable.

      That of course snowballed into Snider forcing Homer to go out and spend the money on Bryz, which in turn didn’t leave room for Bob to grow. So they dealt him, and here we are.

      But lest we forget the role Laviolette played in this.

    • In all fairness… He was a 22 year rookie who played 50 games at most in a season. in the KHL. He was tired and showed signs if fatigue in the last 15 games of the season. He wasnt moving as fast as he was early in the year. Long term it wasnt worth the risk to play him thru the playoffs because he wasnt going to be able to carry that workload.

  13. Trout Mask Replicant

    May 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    When you trade away players and they win trophies with their new teams, there is a point where it turns from a fluke to a flaw in your ability to judge talent and how it will develop.

  14. Marvin Monroe

    May 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    P-shaw! Who cares. Let Bobs win the Vezina. Where is the article talking about how the Flyers have the leading candidate for the 1st Annual Jay Rosehill Award for Excellence , which honours the player who brings the most Jay Rosehill like qualities on and off the ice?

  15. This. Is. Retarded. Seriously, this is sooooooo counter productive and such a waste of energy.

    Bob never played like this here. Never, not once, even when he was at his best with us. I agree that we shouldve kept him, but even having said that, you can’t tell me that any flyers fan predicted he’d win a Vezina in a year.

    Add onto that, the fact that Labiolette instilled ZERO confidence in him by benching him in the playoffs for Michael Leighton, who started 1 NHL game that season. He was downright awful the next season. No one was that concerned about letting bob go. Sure some people wante to keep him, but I didn’t see any “panic now” articles from Kyle or other douche bags back then.

    Hindsight is really 20/20 for you armchair gms, isn’t it?

  16. kyle can you repost the article you posted last year, i dont remember by who, puckdaddy, yahoo, meltzer, i forget, but the gist was basically why bob was a pretender who had no chance of career success in the nhl based on his record in the KHL, and that bryz would eventually excel here. i’d like to give that a reread, thanks!

  17. ThePhillyFlash

    May 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I would agree that no one, and I mean NO ONE thought Bob would wind up being a Vezina candidate after he was traded to Columbus, and I also don’t remember any howls of outrage from fans after he was dealt because everyone was so gooey over the signing of Bryzgalov. Now that Bob appears to have become a star, was that simply a case of his taking advantage of a fresh start in a new town, or maybe, just maybe he wasn’t coached up right while he was here? If that’s the case, then where is goalie coach Jeff Reese in all this, and why hasn’t he been called to task? By the way, if Bob does win, I’d bet my next paycheck that Holmgren, Laviolette and/or Snider will dismiss his award, saying he didn’t help the Blue Jackets make the playoffs, and that they’re perfectly happy with Bryz (something I don’t believe).

    • In all fairness the fans thought we just landed a stellar franchise goalie. Why would anyone bitch about trading Bobs when that just took place? So it turns out the guys who are paid very handsomely to evaluate talent are no fucking good at it it seems. We didn’t get a stellar franchise goalie to cheer for, and Bobs turns out to be much better than the guy they broke the bank to get. They traded Bob for 3 picks. Bleh!

  18. Flyers ruin goalies

    May 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Goalies will all thrive out of Philly, the pressure is so great to perform well here. The one issue that was pointed out to me by someone who analyzes goalies for the NHL is Jeff Reese..He is not a good enough goalie coach for NHL level teams. He was a below sub par goalie if you look up his career stats…just like a math teach if they weren’t good at their subject they won’t be a good teacher. Bob has a great work ethic and he worked like crazy in the off season to correct what is wrong..Bryz has no such work ethic and the goalie coach is the one that has to fix the issues as the appear with him. and push him with a stick in his back to stop being so lazy in net…he has to be more aggressive. Mason is a young goalie and it won’t be long before he plays like all the rest and starts letting in soft goal after soft goal…Detroit has Osgood and Berdard and we has a joke…

  19. smart flyers fan

    May 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Jeff Reese has been the constant variable in the flyers goalie problems. How does he still have a job? This team would be completely different if progner did not get hurt. I believe that is what Homer envisioned when trading richie/carter and signing bryz, His hope was that the D led by Pronger would be the mainpoint and provide a good effort in front of Bryz and he would do the rest of the work. This has not happened. Pronger went down and the D has went down the toilet since then as has the rest of the team. I still say they should have kept Richie. I would do the carter trade every time.

  20. How about a new goalie coach, maybe with a decent coach Mason can be the guy. MAYBE….

  21. Snider needs to "pass on", and Homer needs to be fired.

    May 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    We will never win a cup again as long as Snider owns the team. He is stuck in the Bullies wet dream mode, when we need speed. When he dies the team will get an owner that doesn’t live in the past. Or they will move the team. Either way we may never see another cup. Snider came out and said that Homer did an amazing job, and this team doean’t need to change anything as long as they are healthy. Other words our defense goaltending and offense are a cup winning team. I want whatever drugs he is doingm might make next season bearable when we don’t make the playoffs.
    Blue Jackets

    Red wings


    then everyone else

  22. Its the system not the goalie dummies ...

    May 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Most of the people posting here don’t know a whole lot about Hockey. The reason why Philly goalies suck … is not really about Philly goalies at all, its about the poor defensive system employed by the team. St. Louis goalies won the Vezina last year and could have won it this year again (Ellis anyone) … but then again I would have been in the running too if I played net for St. Louis. Same goes with Phoenix. Try trading Bryzgalov back to Phoenix and see who is in the running for next years trophy. capeche?

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