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2016 Vezina finalists: Ben Bishop, Braden Holtby, Jonathan Quick

Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop, Roberto Luongo, Braden Holtby

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) talks with, second from left to right, goalies Ben Bishop of Tampa Bay, Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers, and Braden Holtby (70) of the Washington Capitals during the shootout competition at the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


The NHL announced the three finalists for the 2016 Vezina Trophy on Wednesday, answering the question of “which two goalies will lose to Braden Holtby?”

All kidding(?) aside, the final trio is Holtby, Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick.

Holtby tied Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record at 48 and helped the Washington Capitals run away with the Presidents’ Trophy. His save percentage was nice at .922.

Bishop was part of a massive tie for fourth place in wins at 35, but his save percentage was a sparkling .926. This season really cemented his spot as a legitimate go-to guy in net.

Quick has been a polarizing goalie for some time, pleasing “mainstream” pundits with his Stanley Cup rings and doing so again with his 40 wins, second only to Holtby. His .918 save percentage might be the sticking point; that mark ties him for 23rd in the NHL among netminders who’ve played at least 20 games.

There are plenty of goalies who enjoyed strong seasons, fueling what’s sure to be a very rational, well-mannered debate ... about who should have lost most prominently to Braden Holtby.

Do note that NHL general managers are responsible for the voting.