Pekka Rinne loses Vezina Trophy bid to Carey Price

The NHL general managers picked Carey Price as the best goaltender in the league this year.

It really wasn't going to go any other way.

For the third time, Pekka Rinne misses out on the Vezina Trophy after being named a finalist. Rinne racked up a .923 Sv% and a 2.18 GA in 64 appearances this year, and was arguably the Predators MVP throughout the season.

However, his Montreal Canadiens counterpart registered a sterling .933 Sv% and a miniscule 1.96 GAA in 66 appearances. At times, Price was one of the only reasons the Habs were anything more than a bubble team. Rinne certainly had a remarkable season, and Nashville did have to lean on him at times. But not near as much as the Habs did.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MTL &amp; NSH have same Sh% and very similar Sv% when 5v5. Difference is Habs are 21st in possession. Preds are 7th.</p>&mdash; On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) <a href="">January 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Once Price's name got entered in the Hart conversation, Rinne's bid was almost assuredly done. If a goaltender is good enough to be the league's best player, he certainly has the credentials to be the best goaltender. It's a shame it had to happen during Rinne's comeback year, but it is what it is.

Congratulations, Carey.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="pt" dir="ltr">2014-2015 Vezina Trophy Voting. <a href="">#NHLAwards</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) <a href="">June 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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