Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/26/12 at 07:26 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• The most interesting comment heard about Alexander Radulov: “He tried a lot of individual moves that might work on the larger KHL ice surface, but won’t work here.”
There’s been a lot of discussion about his future: Nashville or KHL. But there’s another possibility here, that he’s summer trade bait as a restricted free agent. It makes sense, because it allows the Predators to get an asset/assets for him while giving Radulov the opportunity to pick a longer-term NHL destination.
• The GMs vote for the Vezina. What are they going to do with the St. Louis goaltenders? As of Monday morning, the Blues are 17 goals better than second-place Los Angeles with a true tandem of Jaroslav Halak (43 appearances) and Brian Elliott (35). They’ve got 14 shutouts between them, most in the NHL since Tony Esposito’s 15 in 1969-70. The last shared victory was 1981 (Richard Sevigny, Denis Herron, Michel Larocque), as the league created the Jennings Trophy to eliminate this phenomenon.
The last goalie to win the Vezina with fewer than 50 appearances was Patrick Roy in 1989 (48). Saw some suggestions on Twitter that Elliott should win it, after he whitewashed Phoenix for his eighth shutout of the year. Tough thing is: he won’t play 40 games. How many goalies have won the Vezina without playing at least 40? Zero - unless it was shared. (Bill Durnan was closest, hitting that exact number in 1945-46. Of course, it was a 50-game season then.)
more plus some ‘what is going on’ with Phoenix talk…
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