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Former Flyer Bobrovsky a Vezina finalist

Former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky on Wednesday was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.

Former Flyer Bobrovsky a Vezina finalist

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When the Flyers sent backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus last June, not many eyebrows were raised. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
When the Flyers sent backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus last June, not many eyebrows were raised. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky on Wednesday was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.

Last June, the Flyers sent Bobrovsky to Columbus for second- (promising goalie Anthony Stolarz) and fourth-round (left winger Taylor Leier) selections in the 2012 draft. They also acquired a fourth-rounder in the 2013 draft.

The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and San Jose's Antti Niemi were also named finalists on Wednesday.

The league's 30 general managers submitted their Vezina ballots at the end of the regular season, and the winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.

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The fact Bobrovsky did not play on a playoff team may hurt his chances among GMs.

Bobrovsky was 21-11-6 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He kept Columbus in playoff contention until the final moments of the season.

Lundqvist had a 24-16-3 record, a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage, while Niemi went 24-12-6 with a 2.16 GAA and .924 save percentage.

Bobrovsky had a terrific rookie year (28-13-8, 2.59, .915)  with the Flyers in 2010-11, but coach Peter Laviolette grew impatient with him as he struggled in the playoffs that season. The Flyers then added Ilya Bryzgalov after the season, and Bobrovsky was not comfortable in a backup role in 2011-12.

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