The NHL has announced its top three candidates for the 2012 Vezina Trophy, presented for the top goaltending in the League. This year's finalsts are New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist, Nashville's Pekka Rinne, and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick.
Lunqvists' honors include winning a career-high 39 games in 62 game appearances and leading the Rangers to the top spot in the Eastern Conference for the first time since the 1993-94 season. He finished the regular season with a total of eight shutouts and a .930 save percentage.
Rinne completed five shutouts during the regular season and recorded an NHL-best 43 wins in 73 games. He faced the most shots in the league and has a .923 save percentage.
Quick elevated Los Angeles--who was named the 'worst offensive team in the NHL' for a good portion of the season--to a playoff-contention team. He led the League with 10 shutouts under his belt, recording a .929 save percentage and 1.95 GAA. To top it off, he earned 35 of LA's 40 wins this season.
If you didn't know his name before, he sure is making quite the impression across the NHL for knocking the Canucks out of the playoffs and completely shutting them out during Game 3.
NHL.com even had a few words to say about Quick:
"His accomplishments came with almost no margin for error, as the Kings were 29th in the League in scoring at 2.29 goals per game. And while he had 34 losses in regulation, overtime or shootouts, the Kings scored two goals or fewer in 15 of them, and one goal or less in nine."
Out of the three finalists, Quick is the most valuable to his team, and in my opinion, would be the clear choice. Who do you think should take this year's honors?
Keeping in step with the twin themes of the Bears’ 2016 draft, GM Ryan Pace started Day 3 exactly as he did Days 1 and 2 – with a trade – dealing up in the fourth round to select West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, who immediately dials up the competition level at inside linebacker.
And some good feelings. Former Mountaineers teammate Kevin White, the Bears’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft, immediately tweeted:
Kwiatkoski, 6-2, 241 pounds, fits the template for inside linebackers in the 3-4 scheme of John Fox/Vic Fangio, with mobility enough in his senior seasons to post three interceptions, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, seven passes defensed and a team-high 86 tackles. He had six interceptions and 14 passes defensed in his four West Virginia seasons.
Kwiatkoski also goes into a competitive cauldron with offseason signees Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman in addition to ILB holdovers Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson and John Timu. Pace has said throughout the offseason that increasing competition was a goal, and the nature of the picks has followed that lead.
The Bears gave the St. Louis Rams the sixth-round draft pick they’d acquired from Carolina in the Jared Allen trade early last season. The deal allowed them to move from No. 117 to No. 113, another move pointing to the Bears targeting best players available on their board and moving to get them.
Loyola women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes is under investigation for coaching practices at the university.
The investigation was sparked after 10 of the team's 12 players have transferred or have requested releases — nine having been recruited by Swoopes. Loyola began an "independent and comprehensive university investigation" on April 15.
According to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, five former players have stated that Swoopes' "unusual coaching style" was the reason behind their exits.
Swoopes has declined to comment on any allegations, according to Ryan. Loyola released the following statement on Thursday:
"Until the investigation is completed, the athletics department and women's basketball coaching staff are conducting business as usual as we prepare for the 2016-2017 season."
Swoopes is listed as one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time. She was hired to coach Loyola's women's basketball team in 2013.
Click here to read the full story from the Chicago Tribune.
There won't be any baseball at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
The Cubs-Braves game has been postponed due to weather. No makeup date has been announced yet.
It's the second time this week a Cubs game has been postponed due to weather — Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers was also rained out.
The Cubs were looking to extend their winning streak to five games on Saturday with John Lackey on the mound, but that will have to wait until Sunday.
Lackey will still pitch Sunday with Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester slated for Monday through Wednesday for the big three-game series in Pittsburgh. Kyle Hendricks was pushed back and will start Thursday at Wrigley Field in the series opener against the Washington Nationals.