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Lightning Round: Andrei Vasilevskiy second in Vezina voting

He has a different trophy in mind.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One
TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 28: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning warms up prior to Game One of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena on June 28, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
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It was the NHL Awards last night and a couple Tampa Bay Lightning who were up for awards left empty-handed. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished second in a close Vezina Trophy race, losing to Marc-Andre Fleury by only a few first place votes. Victor Hedman was a somewhat distant third place winner in Norris voting, as Adam Fox won the award and Cale Makar finished second.

Vasilevskiy did earn First All-Star Team honors, and Hedman was on the Second All-Star Team.

Here are the major award winners from the night:

  • Hart (MVP): Connor McDavid
  • Ted Lindsay (Best Player): Connor McDavid
  • Norris (Best Defenseman): Adam Fox
  • Vezina (Best Goalie): Marc-Andre Fleury
  • Calder (Best Rookie): Kirill Kaprizov

McDavid was the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1982 to sweep the Hart by receiving all 100 first place votes. Here is the final ballot for that award, as well as the Norris and Vezina. Tom Gulitti has the lists of other awards posted on his Twitter if you’re interested.

Lightning Links

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is staying with the Edmonton Oilers for another eight years. He will have an AAV of $5.1 million and a no-move clause, culminating in a very weird contract in my eyes. Excited for the buyout in 2027.

This article on Kevin Cheveldayoff and calling out his time with Chicago was very good, and explained why this scandal, like most, has tendrils that stretch across the league and why it’s necessary to acknowledge and deal with them.

This is the new broadcast team for ESPN. He Who Must Not Be Named is finally out of your ears. Rejoice!

The ECHL Maine Mariners have moved on from the New York Rangers as their NHL affiliate and have instead signed on with the Boston Bruins.