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Darcy Kuemper Robbed of Vezina Nomination

April 22, 2019, 1:33 PM ET [1 Comments]
James Tanner
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It's unclear whether some of the NHL's award voters are aware of the existence of the Arizona Coyotes.

That is the only plausable explanation to why Darcy Kuemper did not receive a Vezina Award nomination.

To be clear, I think Robin Lehner should win the Vezina, or that he should at least split it with Tomas Greiss.

Those guys took a pretty bad team to the second round of the Playoffs on the back of absoultely insane goaltending.

But what Darcy did was even better, arguably.

The Islanders have a much better roster than the Coyotes do, at least when 90% of the Coyotes roster missed 83% of the season.



The fact that the Coyotes were even close to the playoffs - and if they scored more then four goals on their last four game game roadtrip, they'd have done it - means that Kuemper should get some credit from voters.

Kuemper, playing behind an absolutely terrible roster, for the most part, had a .925 save percentage, which is a top 50 all time mark for goalies who played over 50 games.

I know I'm given to homerism and hyperbole - it's a trade off I have to make in order to make these things fun to read. So I know that I am like the boy who cried Vezina, and that you may be disinclined to trust ol' Tanner on this one.

I get it.

But don't let that stop you from doing your own research. Look into how good Kuemper was this year - don't take it from me.

This guy deserves some recognition.

He definitely deserved a nomination - especially in a year where hardly any goalies played over 50 games and also had good seasons.
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