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Detroit’s Goalies

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings feel they've solidified their goaltending heading into next month's training camp with the tandem of Husso, who the Wings quickly signed to a three-year contract  worth $14.25 million ($4.75 million salary cap hit), and Alex Nedeljkovic.

The hope last season was for Nedeljkovic to share the workload with Thomas Greiss. But Greiss never got on track and lost playing time to Nedeljkovic, who struggled at times with the workload (Greiss left for St. Louis in free agency)....

Husso is 27 and Nedeljkovic is 26. Nedeljkovic is under contract for another year with a $3 million salary cap hit. He can be an unrestricted free agent next summer while Husso is under contract for three years.

Nedeljkovic was 20-24-9 with a 3.31 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. He was not happy, in sum total, with his season.

"It’s my job to stop the puck. It’s my job to keep us in games and help us win games every single night,” Nedeljkovic said. "I understand that. If you want to be a great goalie in this league, you have to do that every single night.

“My job is to stop the puck. Obviously, I didn’t do it enough. We were (second-to-) last in the league in goals against. Obviously, that’s not good enough. It will be better. I’ll just tell you that right now. We’re not going to be in this position next year. If nothing were to change from how the season ended to next year, I’m not going to allow that to happen again."

more (paid), includes goale depth chart...

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Chet's avatar

They’re going to have a better defense. I like hearing Ned saying this, of course.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 08/05/22 at 09:21 PM ET

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