LAS VEGAS (AP) -Journeyman Tim Thomas has been picked overwhelmingly by NHL general managers as the league's top goalie.
Thomas earned 22 first-place votes to take the Vezina Trophy. Columbus' Steve Mason, awarded the Calder Trophy earlier Thursday night as rookie of the year, was the next closest finalist with three first-place votes. Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom received one.
Thomas told a crowd at the Palms Casino Resort that winning the Vezina was a dream. He said he was more used to worrying about whether he'd be on a roster than winning awards.
I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team. A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.
— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres