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Hockey People On The Play Of Frederik Andersen

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Babcock has staunchly defended Anderson publicly -- what else is he going to do? But you know that, behind the scenes, management has to be nervous to some degree, even a grizzled veteran like GM Lou Lamoriello. There's a lot riding on this investment in goal.

"I liked him in Anaheim," said an Eastern Conference goalie coach via text message of Andersen. "Was always concerned with his durability. Or his 'desire to play.' Anaheim protected their goalies well. But he still made saves, won the Jennings (Trophy) by a goal and he was excellent in the last game (last season) against the Caps to clinch (the Pacific Division). It's one thing to not make big saves. It's another to do uncharacteristic things and give up goals a junior could stop.

"I always say you don't lose your skills overnight," the coach continued. "It will turn if (Andersen) has any mental toughness at all.''

Added a Western Conference goalie coach via text message: "What I have seen (with Andersen) is busy feet. When he's not set, he has a tough time. I think he is one of the best. He has struggled, though.''

And finally, from an NHL scout: "He looks really active in the net right now. He's not allowing the play to come to him.''


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Down River Dan's avatar

Last season uncle mike got a bit of a pass by the media. Babs will start to earn that big contract right now. He still seemed to handle the press conference questions this week unfazed, but unrealistic expectations brought on by Matthews,  is going to make Babcock’s media scrums must watch/listen the rest of the year. Nothing even remotely close to the 2…3…?? media members while in Detroit.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/26/16 at 01:30 PM ET

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