23 Intently Staring Goalies
by lsefton on 11/10/13 at 04:00 PM ET
This past Summer, I kept looking at the Panthers lineup and wondered what they were going to do with their goaltending. After they let Jose Theodore go, I expected something to happen, whether it was trading for a goaltender, or finding another goalie in Europe to add to the mix.
Even after Dale Tallon signed Tim Thomas, it still felt like the Panthers were looking for a more permanent solution.
Maybe they should have been, since the goaltending this season hasn't been good. I've checked the stats listed on nhl.com, and a Panthers goaltender doesn't appear until #49 for either GAA or SV%.
How much of this is due to the goaltending talent, how much is due to overall team talent, or coaching, the GM, or even how much influence from each factor can be debated, but the current situation is abysmal. I'm not sure firing Dineen and staff is a fix or if it's admitting that this season for all intents and purposes is over. Pretty sad, no matter how you look at it.
The latest move is sending Markstrom down to the AHL to work on his game. This will last as long as Tim Thomas' ligaments and tendons hold out, and I don't want to guess what's next to go "spung".
From Joe Yerdon at NBCSports:
The Panthers sent Markstrom back to AHL San Antonio and for the 23-year-old Swede it may be a blessing in disguise.
This season, he’s had a rough go of it going 1-5-3 with a 3.36 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage, all of which are the worst or tied for worst on the team. Clemmensen hasn’t been much better than that this year, but if the Panthers are committed to having their young guys lead the team in the future, getting Markstrom back on his game is necessary.
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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies
23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.
On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.
I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.
We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.
It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!