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Logan Couture points out Vezina injustice

Every player probably feels like their team's goaltender had a shot at the Vezina this year, and many could offer up a solid argument as to why. The San Jose Sharks' goaltender, Antti Niemi, had an outstanding season. He finished with a .924 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average and helped the Sharks through some genuinely tough patches this past season.

Sergei Bobrovsky wound up winning the trophy this year and Logan Couture has a problem with that. 

The tweet was later deleted, perhaps because he found it harsh, or perhaps people pointed out that Bob played in the Western Conference.

Couture still has a point, though. Columbus is in the Eastern Time Zone, and a player based in a team west of the Mississippi River hasn't won the award since Miikka Kiprusoff in 2006, and before that Grant Fuhr in 1988. Before that, the first and last time a goalie won it for a team west of the Mississippi was when the dynamic duo of Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante won in 1969. Then, though, the criteria was different; winning the Vezina then was akin to winning the Jennings now. So, basically, only two goalies in the current form of the award have won the award while playing on a team west of the Mississippi.

About Laura Astorian

Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.

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