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23 Intently Staring Goalies

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It’s a goalie showdown in the Western Conference Finals

The brackets are long broken, and the sportsbook numbers no longer make any sense whatsoever. What could cause such a one-two punch to amateur and professional wagering? How about a Phoenix/LA Western Conference final!

Neither Smith nor Quick were tagged as “the one” at the beginnings of their NHL careers, although Quick took the role in very little time. Under the coach and GM team of Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi, Quick’s star has risen, and he’s caught the attention of the national hockey press. Western Conference teams, and specifically Pacific Division teams, have had the “pleasure: of trying to get the puck past Quick this season, and once the Kings started to show some goal scoring support for their goalie, the team took off.

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  Tags: coyotes, goalies, goaltenders, jonathan+quick, kings, mike+smith

Goalies Stacked Up Over Ottawa

The Senators are in a situation that usually isn’t seen at this point of the season—they have more goalies than they can reasonably use. Usually when this happens, the happy GM starts filling his post-season schedule with “lunch, 18 holes, and trade talk” with the less fortunate.

Ottawa, however, made the trade to as much fill in the gaps behind Craig Anderson, or to provide some insurance for Craig Anderson, who has had a history of being as streaky as a slab of bacon.  The “problem”? Lehner has been playing such a solid game that they don’t want to swap in Auld (or bring up Bishop from Binghamton), and take the chance of breaking his rhythm.

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  Tags: anderson, auld, bishop, goaltenders, lehner, ottawa+senators

On the trading room floor

I was listening to the post-post game show on WGN radio this past Friday night, when a caller asked about trades. The show’s host Judd Sirott, said that everyone is looking to get a Center or a Defenseman.

Well, yeah, except when they’re looking for a goaltender. And as the trading deadline approaches we’ll start seeing teams trying to get that second goalie who can spell their star, or who will be looking for some fresh talent to try out in goal as the season slams head-first into the playoffs.

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  Tags: goalies, goaltenders, nhl, trades

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