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Igor Shesterkin is staying in the US this offseason

Joe Pantoro of AM New York wrote last week that Igor Shesterkin will spend the offseason in the US rather than return to Russia.

Shesterkin announced at the NHL Award and that he and his wife were expecting their first child.

Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov was reportedly denied entry twice to return to the US after reports surfaced that he was being accused of buying a fake military ID in 2017. (The Athletic)

Chris Drury wouldn’t confirm if any of the Russian players are in Russia right now but added that he had “no concerns” about the situation.

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What Igor Shesterkin said after winning the Vezina

Igor Shesterkin met with the media following his Vezina Trophy win last night and said (NYR):

  • How was it accepting the award, “I was so nervous and I forgot a couple of words, but after that I just said for myself relax and have a little bit of fun tonight.”
  • Did you hear when they played the music, “yea, when I spoke about my parents (laugh). It was funny, but didn’t help me.”
  • Did you think you had a chance to win the Hart Trophy, “You never know, but for Auston Matthews, it’s well deserved and he was unbelievable this season. Well deserved.”
  • Have you been watching the Stanley Cup Final, “Yea, I watched every game right now….I have time for that (laugh). They play so good and we’ll see next season, but it’s so good to watch how Vasilevskiy play and Darcy Kuemper. It’s very good goalies, very good.”
  • What have you thought about Vasilevskiy, “He’s very good and he can win three Stanley Cups in a row, it’s unbelievable.”
  • What does it mean to win the Vezina Trophy, “It means a lot for me. I didn’t think about it when I came to the NHL, but sometimes you think maybe I have a chance. In my first preseason game against the Islanders I didn’t play and one guy, one small child showed me a picture of myself and he said ‘for future Vezina Trophy winner, give me a stick for that.’ I think, why not? We have a good team for that and everybody helped me so much for that. It’s a team win.”
  • Who was your favorite goalie growing up, “Henrik Lundqvist. No debate.”
  • Why Lundqvist, “I don’t know. I like how he played and when I was growing up I asked my dad to buy me TPS pads and blocker and glove and he told me no (laugh) we don’t have money for that. I said ‘okay,’ next time I will buy for myself. He was a very good goalie and was so fun to watch how he played and this incredible arena.”
  • Is it tough to watch the Final knowing how close you were, “yea, it’s so difficult because we had a very good team and deserved to play in the Final, too….. It was a really good experience for us and we will get back stronger next season.”
  • Do you have any predictions for the Final, “we’ll see. I don’t want to tell it.”
  • On Chris Drury’s job with the Rangers, “He is outstanding, I’m so happy with him. I want to thank him for getting the biggest second contract for goalies (laugh). He did a really great job this season and it’s why we play in the Conference Final, he did really good trades and thank him so much.”
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Igor Shesterkin finishes third in Hart Trophy voting

Igor Shesterkin finished 3rd in the Hart Trophy voting.

Auston Matthews was first with 1630 points, Connor McDavid finished with 1111 points and Shesterkin had 738 points.

Shesterkin received 24 first place votes, 26 second place votes, 41 third place votes, 29 fourth place votes and 24 fifth place votes.

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Igor Shesterkin wins 2021-22 Vezina Trophy

Igor Shesterkin is the winner of the 2021-22 Vezina Trophy.

Shesterkin finished with 29 first place votes and three second place votes.

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Igor Shesterkin named Finalist for Hart Trophy

The NHL has announced that Igor Shesterkin has been named as a finalist for the Hart Trophy.

Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid are the other finalists.

The Hart Trophy is awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” and is voted on by the PHWA.

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Igor Shesterkin is a Finalist for the Vezina Trophy

The NHL has announced that Igor Shesterkin is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy this season.

Shesterkin was sixth in wins (36), first in save percentage and first in goals against.

His save percentage was .935 and second place was .925 and his goals against was 2.07 and second place was 2.17.

The Vezina Trophy is awarded “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position” and is voted on by the general managers of the NHL’s 32 teams.