After winning the Vezina Trophy in 2009, it seemed like it could be both the first and last time that Tim Thomas would earn the honor. By playoff time last season, Thomas had lost the starting goaltender job to teammate Tuukka Rask, and he eventually became the subject of trade rumors throughout this past offseason.
But that all seems like a distant memory as Thomas has not only earned his job back, but he consistently played like the best goalie in hockey.
On Friday, it was announced that Thomas is once again a finalist for the award given to the league's top goaltender.
Head coach Claude Julien wasn't surprised by the news, and he feels as though Thomas deserves to be given the trophy for the second time in three seasons.
"Obviously I'm a big fan of what he's done this year," Julien said. "If you ask me, he certainly deserves it. I'm sure that I would get some arguments from other places, but I'm certainly going to support Tim for the season that he's had."
To see what else Julien had say, as well as Thomas' reaction to the news and Andy Brickley's breakdown of the finalists, check out the video from Bruinse Face-Off Live above.