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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Anders Lindback is a super guy. Really, he is. Folks from Nashville to Tampa Bay to New York City vouch for him. All it takes is one conversation with the goaltender for anyone to be convinced.
It’s a shame, then, that he’s on his way to becoming one of the most reviled Sabres ever.
The second-best stretch of Lindback’s career has Buffalo hockey fans cursing him in the name of Connor McDavid. The goalie stole three points this week that never should have been in Buffalo’s bank. If he keeps it up for the final 12 games, 30th place might become a thing of the past.
At any other time in Sabres history, Lindback would be a triumphant feel-good story. Instead, he’ll enter the crease Friday against New Jersey or Saturday in Nashville with Blue and Gold backers begging for him to fail.
What everyone will see is a guy playing like his life depends on it. That’s not far from the truth.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The Lightning will not be issuing a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback, allowing the 26-year-old to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
In order to retain Lindback’s rights as a restricted free agent, the Lightning would have had to issue an offer equal to the $2.2 million salary he played for last season.
Lindback finished last season 8-12-2 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 23 games before posting an 0-3 record, 3.91 GAA and .881 save percentage in four playoff games.
But Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said the book on Lindback is not closed, and though the team intends to test the free agent market for a potential backup, Lindback remains a consideration.
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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
When Ben Bishop fell to the ice diving for a puck on April 8, the conventional thinking suggested the Lightning’s playoffs hopes plummeted with him.
A week later, confidence in Tampa Bay’s goaltending has been almost fully restored as the Lightning get set to start their opening-round playoff series against Montreal. With Bishop not expected to be ready to return from what the team classified as an upper body injury, Anders Lindback is expected to get the call for Game 1 on Wednesday.
Whatever doubts might have lingered when the Lightning were forced to turn to Lindback were washed away in Lindback’s three appearances down the stretch.
Since stepping in for Bishop early in the first period against Toronto, Lindback has allowed just two goals in three games, posting a 0.67 goals-against average and .975 save percentage while winning all three games. His first shutout in a Lightning jersey during Sunday’s 1-0 shootout victory in Washington clinched home ice for Tampa Bay....
“He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and I said it time and time again: that is just a great guy and he works his tail off,’’ defenseman Matt Carle said. “So, it’s no surprise to see how well he’s doing. And it’s just great for our team and we have a lot of confidence playing in front of him.’’
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
In the course of less than a year, Anders Lindback went from the obscurity of being the backup to a perennial Vezina Trophy candidate right on to center stage as the Lightning's presumed No. 1 netminder.
But the spotlight sometimes blinds both the subject and the audience.
At times this shortened season, Lindback has been spectacular. Other times, he has struggled. It's all part of the script that most players must write.
Lindback, 24, is no different as he learns the ins, outs and pressure that come with being a No. 1.
And right now, Lindback is going through the chapter dealing with some of the struggles.
from Pierre LeBrun on ESPN,
When I began to talk about how I felt we might all look back one day and feel that Tampa Bay’s acquisition of Anders Lindback might end up being the best move of the entire 2012 NHL offseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning GM jumped in and, although I couldn’t see him across the phone line, I pictured Yzerman waving his hand down at me as if to calm things.
Whoa, Nelly, let’s not put the cart before the horse.
"In fairness to Anders, he’s shown great potential when you watch him play in the games that he’s played in," Yzerman said this week. "Let’s just see how it plays out and not put any undue expectation on him."
In other words, quiet down with the franchise goalie talk, the kid doesn’t need that kind of pressure right now.
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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Anders Lindback to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Lindback, 24, played in 16 games this past season with the Predators, compiling a record of 5-8-0 to go along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The 6-foot-6, 203-pound goaltender has appeared in 38 career NHL games, all with Nashville, registering a 16-13-2 record, with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. One of the league’s tallest goaltenders, Lindback made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks in a relief effort. He made seven consecutive starts from December 4-17 during the 2010-11 season, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.43 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
“I haven’t been a starter in the NHL, so I can’t just anticipate I’m just going to come in and play,” said Lindback, acquired with center Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round pick for two ‘12 second-round picks, a ‘13 third-rounder and goalie Sebastien Caron. “I’ve got to work hard and prove myself. My goal is I want to win and play games and win the Cup. That’s why I play.”
Lindback played 38 games over two seasons in Nashville with a 2.53 goals against average and a 16-13-2 record. He’ll battle with returning Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon, who was one of the first to send Lindback a text welcoming him to the club.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, Lindback’s former teammate on Sweden’s world junior team, believes his buddy has the talent and “killer instinct” to be a No. 1 goalie.
“He’s a great goaltender,” Hedman said. “He’s a big guy with ability, he’s a modern goalie. He’s very fast, he’s flexible, and his mobility is unbelievable. He’s ready to come into Tampa, and get the opportunity. It’s going to be a challenge for him, but he’s ready for it.”
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
“He’ll have to earn the job,” Yzerman said of the No. 1 spot. “But we think he has the ability. We think he’s ready to take on more responsibility.”;;;
“I like his athleticism,” Yzerman said. “He moves well in the net. He reacts well and I think he has good, solid technique and an all-around structure.”...
More immediately important is Yzerman believes his goaltending search for the summer is done. The way Yzerman sees it, Lindback and returning Mathieu Garon will make a solid combination next season, regardless of who emerges as the No. 1. Yzerman also added depth by signing Riku Helenius from the Finish elite league.
from John Manasso at NHL.com:
A few years ago, Nashville coach Barry Trotz and the team’s celebrated goaltending coach, Mitch Korn, were watching one of the organization’s prospect camps. In goal stood 2008 seventh-round draft pick Anders Lindback.
“We looked at each other and said, ‘He looks just like Pekka,’” Trotz said, comparing Lindback to the team’s current No. 1 goalie, Pekka Rinne. “‘He moves just looks like Pekka.’ It was funny because we looked at each other and we just started chuckling because we were both thinking the same thing.”
Since Lindback, 22, seemingly came out of nowhere to land the Predators’ back-up job—and, for the time being, the No. 1 job with Rinne out for a few weeks with a left knee injury—the comparisons to Rinne are hard to shake.
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We’ve got some catching up to do as I intentionally stayed off the radar this weekend. (For the first time since the arrival of our second son, we had no visitors! Bliss!) Quick cheers for Friday and Saturday night’s action and then onto toasts and a few highlights from yesterday’s games:
Friday’s Three Cheers:
***Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: Hat trick, 1,000th career point in 4-2 Senators’ win in Buffalo.
**Rene Bourque, Calgary: Hat trick, assist in 6-2 Flames’ win in Columbus.
*Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: Hat trick, assist in 5-2 Lightning win in Atlanta.
Saturday’s Three Cheers:
***John Tavares, NYIslanders: First career hat trick in 4-3 loss at Florida.
**Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis: 31 saves in 1-0, overtime blanking of visiting Pittsburgh.
*Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: Two goals, four points in a 5-4 squeaker over Anaheim at the Joe.
And, finally, on to Sunday’s honors:
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from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,
One of the top priorities for the Predators was to make a decision on their No. 2 goaltender. On Thursday, they marked it off the list.
Anders Lindback won the backup job and Mark Dekanich was assigned to Milwaukee, ending a close battle to earn a place on the Nashville roster to back up Pekka Rinne.
“In the end,” Coach Barry Trotz said, “we felt that Lindback had a little better camp.”...
Lindback, an imposing 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, was fifth in the Swedish Elite League last season in save percentage (.913) and sixth in goals against average (2.46). This will be his first season in North America.