NHL on TSN Quiz: Who will win the Vezina Trophy?

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4/4/2012 9:22:32 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

In the wake of Mike Smith's third straight shutout Tuesday, who gets your vote for the Vezina Trophy?

Bob McKenzie: Jonathan Quick. The Los Angeles Kings are not a very offensively blessed team and he has to play in more tight hockey games than any other goaltender. His numbers are absolutely sterling: 10 shutouts is hard to beat, but the goals against average and save percentage are just as good, if not better, than Henrik Lundqvist.

Marc Crawford: Henrik Lundqvist. This is a year-long quest. At the start of the season, most people picked the Rangers to be fighting for a playoff spot, but now they are at the top of the league and largely because of the work of Lundqvist. He should not only be the Vezina Trophy winner but also a candidate for the Hart Trophy.

Darren Dreger: Marc-Andre Fleury. He doesn't have the statistics of Quick or Lundqvist but he is the Penguins' MVP. With all due respect to the year that Evgeni Malkin has had, the Penguins will say the reason they stayed competitive all through their injuries is because of Fleury. He's also the reason they can continue to play the run-and-gun.

Which Canadian non-playoff team is most likely to make the post-season next season?

Crawford: Montreal. They're season got off to a disastrous start, including injuries suffered in the pre-season. They got out of the gate terribly and they were never able to recover. It seemed like every game-day, they were either firing someone or trading someone. But I do believe they will come back. They have the goalie and they have the defencemen.             

McKenzie: Winnipeg. It was close this year and they're trending in the right direction. They're on the right track and they continue to develop. They'll take the next step.

Dreger: Montreal. They'll hire an aggressive general manager and they've got the goalie and the star defenceman.

Will Jarome Iginla be traded before the start of 2012-13?

Dreger: Yes. It's finally time for change in Calgary. They have been pushing this back for a couple of years now and the only way to go through massive change and do what you have to do to rebuild in Calgary is by trading the captain. 

Crawford: Yes. He almost won the Stanley Cup there a few years back but if wants to win one himself, like Ray Bourque, he's going to have to do it with another team. And like Bourque, I'm sure he could come back again.

McKenzie: No. Calgary ownership is a little stubborn on this one. And even if they do decide they want to move him, it may take until the middle of the season before they could facilitate that.

Who is the NHL's 2011-12 Ultimate Warrior?

McKenzie: Dan Girardi. When you talk about hitting and blocked shots in combination, nobody does it better. He's played more than 26 minutes per game on average and it's a hard job to play as the shutdown defenceman for John Tortorella but this guy does it.

Crawford: Josh Gorges. Unlike many candidates, he's doing it on a non-playoff team. How can you not be inspired when you watch him throw his body around? And he probably hasn't played a meaningful game since early December.

Dreger:  Ryan Callahan. He plays the way John Tortorella wants his entire team to play. He is the heart and soul of the Rangers.

Jonathan Quick (Photo:  Harry How/Getty Images)


(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)
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