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Thursday Was Goalie Day

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

First you had a 29-year-old netminder who was an eighth round draft pick seven years ago, and after winning his first playoff series last spring, he’s been awarded a massive seven-year, $49 million contract.

That’s Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators, who went out an pitched a 35-save shutout Thursday night against Phoenix as if to proof his bosses made the right decision.

Then you have a 23-year-old goalie carrying a $2.9 million salary on the basis of the fact that three seasons ago he was viewed as arguably the best young goalie in the game. Since then, however, he goals-against average hasn’t been south of 3.00 and on Thursday night he was pulled after an embarrassingly weak performance.

That’s Oakville-born Steve Mason, the one-time sure thing of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Finally, you had a 25-year-old native of Spruce Grove, Alta., horse jumping territory, who played four full seasons at Cornell and, after being undrafted into the NHL, received his first NHL start against all odds on Thursday. Earning a salary of $600,000, he won with a 38-save performance.

That would be Ben Scrivens of the Maple Leafs.

read on for more on Scrivens…

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Apparently The Star can’t afford editors.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 11/04/11 at 12:41 PM ET


Overlooked was the reborn Khabibulin’s shutout. 

But I see why it is called the spin, because it always spins into somethign Toronto based.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 11/04/11 at 05:36 PM ET

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