Pekka Rinne is your 2018 Vezina Trophy winner.
Story written by Mark Harris
Heading into Wednesday night’s NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas a Nashville Predator had never won a performance-based award, but that all changed as Pekka Rinne was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the league.
Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck were the other two finalists for the award.
The Finnish netminder finished the regular season with the third most wins in the league with 42. His save percentage of .927 tied him with Marc-Andre Fleury for the third best mark in the league among goaltenders that appeared in at least 35 contests. Rinne’s even strength save percentage of .939 topped the charts among that same group of netminders.
The 35-year-old had been a Vezina Trophy finalist three times prior to this season, most recently in 2015. While the Predators’ postseason run ended quicker than they had hoped for, Rinne receiving this award has to put smiles on the faces of Preds fans.
Pekka Rinne is entering the last year of his current contract this season carrying a cap-hit of $7 million.