Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/19/06 at 11:54 PM ET
Based on what has happened in the NHL playoffs thus far, the hot goaltending trend next season might be simply to have options. None of the four starting goalies left in the postseason — Buffalo's Ryan Miller, Carolina's Cam Ward, Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson and Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov — were clear-cut No. 1 goalies at the start of the 2005-06 NHL season. The point is that teams in general, and NHL coaches specifically, seem more comfortable with the idea that using two goalies in the playoffs isn't sinful, and maybe even desirable. This is the new NHL with a greater emphasis on offensive creativity. That doesn't make goaltenders less important. It makes them more important. In the clutch-and-grab era, goalies had to make only a handful of big saves every game, and now they face a dozen or more good chances every game.read on
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