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If this were a slightly bigger list, Price would certainly make the cut. With a league-leading 38 wins last season and a 0.923 save percentage, how could he not?
He'll put up similar numbers for Montreal again this season, but great numbers aren't good enough.
This was a tough call to make. I know a lot of people have Hank on their top fives right now, and I understand why.
He is great every year, and he, along with Brad Richards, are the reasons why I think the Rangers might go on a deep(er) playoff run next spring.
The Flower, I predict, will consistently make honourable mention lists (with regard to the Vezina) for years to come.
That's not to say he's a bad goalie, because he's a huge part of the Pittsburgh Penguins and can be a difference maker in those tight games.
In fact, his chances of winning the Vezina might be hurt by the fact that he plays behind a very good team. He will still stand on his head for the team, but will never be THE reason his team wins, unlike how Tim Thomas was for the Bruins last season. Sure, the Bruins had Chara and a great supporting cast, but Thomas really stole the show for them during the regular season (to say nothing of the playoffs).