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LaBarbera Traded to Chicago Blackhawks
Whoever had  "December 14", "LaBarbera", and "Future Considerations" wins the "The Blackhawks seriously need to restock goalies" pool. From nhl.com:  The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired goaltender Jason LaBarbera from the Edmonton Oilers, in exchange for future considerations. LaBarbera will be assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of…
Posted by lsefton on 12/14/13 | Comments 4

Blackhawks to test the depth of their goaltending pool
Looks like Corey Crawford's injury is worse than first reported. Crawford didn't make the trip to Dallas with the team, and at this morning's press conference, Quenneville stated that Crawford will be out for about three weeks. From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune: #Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said goaltender…
Posted by lsefton on 12/10/13 | Comments 0

Mazanec November NHL Rookie of the Month
Marek Mazanec,  who started out this season as the backup goaltender for the Nashville Predators, has been named the NHL rookie of the month for November. Mzanec has been carrying the goatending load for the Predators after Pekka Rinne was sidelined due to an infection related to an earlier hip…
Posted by lsefton on 12/03/13 | Comments 0

Bryzgalov out, LaBarbera called up
Looks like the hit Bryzgalov took may be a bit more serious than the Oilers initially hoped: From nhl.com : The Edmonton Oilers recalled goalie Jason LaBarbera from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League on Monday. To make room for LaBarbera, defenseman Corey Potter was assigned to…
Posted by lsefton on 12/02/13 | Comments 2

Panthers Goaltending Saga Continues—Markstrom sent down
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.…
Posted by lsefton on 11/10/13 | Comments 1

Tim Thomas Back on IR
"I'm feeling more comfortable there, feeling progressively better,"  A quote from Tim Thomas via the Miami Herald Um, yeah, about that, Tim.... Tim Thomas is back on the IR, and will miss games on Friday and Sunday. This time it's the other side, so he can't even cheat on his…
Posted by lsefton on 10/23/13 | Comments 0

RIP Daniel Garza
Dr Daniel Garza didn't play hockey, and he wasn't an NHL team physician.  But because of his work, a lot more NHL players and hockey players in general, won't be suffering from brain injuries. His work in the area of traumatic brain injuries and concussions contributed to the understanding of…
Posted by lsefton on 10/17/13 | Comments 0

Diamonds or Dross?
Let's say you're looking for some diamonds, and you're given a nice big, plug of rough. Your job--figuring out if there's a diamond in the rough that's going to be good enough for your trouble. You examine the rough, wash it down, and hmmm. Okay, some demantoid garnets. Nice, but…
Posted by lsefton on 10/16/13 | Comments 3

Khudobin and Ward in Carolina: No Controversy, Just Goaltending
Sometimes the story is that there's no story. In the case of the Carolina Hurricanes, what's curiously and rather cheerily missing is the story about a goalie controversy. Yay! With so many goaltenders in the NHL either playing 70 games in a regular season, or thinking they ought to play…
Posted by lsefton on 10/07/13 | Comments 0

Does the Desert Hold Another Chance for Thomas Greiss?
I keep wanting Thomas Greiss to play better.  I watched Greiss while he was the backup for the San Jose Sharks. That's a bit of a trick, since he played behind Nabokov and Niemi, both goalies known for wanting to play every game in the season. Greiss was usually found…
Posted by lsefton on 09/26/13 | Comments 0

Panthers Looking for Some Goaltending Insurance with Thomas
After the Florida Panthers let Theodore and Clemmensen go this past summer, I kept waiting for them to announce that they'd traded for someone, or picked up a European goaltender, or grabbed an undrafted NCAA player, or something. But all that came out of Dale Tallon's office was they would…
Posted by lsefton on 09/17/13 | Comments 0

Bobrovsky wins the Vezina—and that’s okay!
The definition for the Vezina trophy according to the NHL website: "The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs." The Vezina trophy changed from being a totally objective award…
Posted by lsefton on 06/16/13 | Comments 0

Corey Crawford not going into the Osgood File
Not a lot of teams have had their goaltender head off to another team immediately after the team wins and Stanley Cup, but that was the situation the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves after Antti Niemi signed with the San Jose Sharks. There were a lot of fans (and writers!) who…
Posted by lsefton on 06/04/13 | Comments 1

Quick can’t afford to dwell on Saturday night’s game
"If you keep thinking about the last goal. you'll soon be thinking about the next, last goal." Good advice if you're playing goal. You spend your time thinking about that last goal, and you won't see the next one coming. That extrapolates to playoff games--if you spend your energy thinking…
Posted by lsefton on 05/20/13 | Comments 0

Flyers Goalie Conundrum
There are teams who develop goalies. There are teams who trade for goalies. And then there are teams that go through goalies like a bowl of salted peanuts. The Philadelphia Flyers fall into that last category. Even before Bobrovsky was named a Vezian finalist, there have been questions about the…
Posted by lsefton on 05/11/13 | Comments 1

Crawford Proving the Naysayers Wrong
There was a lot of "Good News/Bad News" in the Chicago Blackhawks chatter in the past few weeks. The Good News: First in the West,  won Presidents Cup, and the team is trending up. The Bad News: Emery's hurt.
Posted by lsefton on 05/04/13 | Comments 0

Josh Harding Minnesota’s Nominee for Masterton Trophy
From nhl.com: "The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." I could write a frothy paragraph, but you know,…
Posted by lsefton on 04/24/13 | Comments 0

Becoming “The Richard Bachman”
Right now, if you look up "Richard Bachman", you're more likely to get an article about Stephen KIng than the Dallas Stars goaltender.   And while Stephen King is an immednsely popular author, I have my suspicions he wouldn't make the cut as an NHL goaltender. Maybe Stephen King can…
Posted by lsefton on 04/12/13 | Comments 1

Reimer Shows Class and Cool in Toronto Trade Frenzy
If you watched the trade deadline coverage on TSN/NHL Network/Rogers Sportsnet, their respective trade trackers, monitored Twitter feeds, hung out on Facebook, or otherwise, the biggest story of the day was what didn't happen. No Luongo Trade And its little brother: No Kiprusoff Trade And wow, James Reimer is being…
Posted by lsefton on 04/04/13 | Comments 0

The Goalie, the Puck, and Physics
Randall Munroe of xkcd takes a look at the physics of pucks hitting a goalie, and what can and can't happen. Here's the full discussion at "what if?"
Posted by lsefton on 04/03/13 | Comments 0

Goalies to lose more padding—Engineering the answer?
Goalies are natural-born structural engineers. Given a challenge, they'll figure out a way to make equipment do things that not only were never intended, but until that point, no one else had thought of those intentions.  I have seen leg pad that could be patted back into legal size, side padding…
Posted by lsefton on 04/01/13 | Comments 1

More Goalies Down at Crunch Time
It's proving to be a rough season for NHL goalies, and in the shortened season, having a goalie down is being felt a lot harder across the teams. The lucky teams, like St Louis, had a hot spare such as Jake Allen, who's continuing to carry them forward. Other teams…
Posted by lsefton on 03/22/13 | Comments 0

Goalie Fight!
There's one area where the advent of improved and lighter goalie equipment made a radical change in goalie behavior that just never seems to be discussed by the tv/radio announcers, and that's fighting. Way back when (and we're talking about when bench clearing brawls weren't punishable by multi-game suspensions) goalies…
Posted by lsefton on 03/12/13 | Comments 0

Cam Ward down—can Ellis step up?
The Southeast Division is in a state where the winner goes on, and everyone else goes home. Carolina is currently that team, but with Cam Ward out for the next 6-8 weeks (read: rest of the season) with an MCL sprain, the playoff waters are now a bit more muddied.…
Posted by lsefton on 03/04/13 | Comments 0

When one backup goalie just isn’t enough
It's always good to have a backup, backup plan for when your goalie goes down, and the "hot spare" (or in this case, his equipment ) isn't immediately available. Some teams are lucky enough to have local universities with club teams. Some teams have one working their front office. The…
Posted by lsefton on 03/04/13 | Comments 0

DiPietro Waived—The first move?
A couple of thoughts about putting DiPietro on waivers: A while back, and in another sport, the San Francisco 49ers signed their quarterbacks to long term contracts, both partially to lock them in, and also to backload the contract. This meant that San Francisco was going to pay out more…
Posted by lsefton on 02/22/13 | Comments 1

Ty Conklin Starts His Next Career
We're at that point in the season where you've not only noticed some goalies aren't in the NHL,  but you also start looking around to see where they landed. Some are in Russia, some in Sweden, and for Ty Conklin--well, he's in Peoria, starting a new career as a goalie…
Posted by lsefton on 02/15/13 | Comments 3

Luongo Prognostications for a Snowy Weekend
The "where will Luongo end up?" guessing will continue to the trade deadline, and if Luongo hasn't moved by then,  expect it to pick up again after the end of the season. One of the questions not being asked is whether Luongo will solve the problem that the prospective team…
Posted by lsefton on 02/07/13 | Comments 0

3,000 Miles to go for a Shutout: Chad Johnson
The Phoenix Coyotes win the "first goalie ouch of the season", with Mike Smith on the IR with a "lower body injury". Mike Smith may be coming back later this week, but in the meantime, the Coyotes had to go to plan B, which in this case was first Jason…
Posted by lsefton on 01/29/13 | Comments 0

Goalies: some getting back, some getting over
Here's a quick exercise: Take one of those non-woven paper cleaning cloths. You know, the ones that you'll throw away the first time you have to wipe up something noxious. Get it nice and damp. Now, hold it next to your ear and rip it in half. Okay, that's what…
Posted by lsefton on 01/11/13 | Comments 0

Goalies arriving to a fresh start or more of the same?
The goalies are arriving, whether it's a full camp or a lockout. For some of them, it's the chance to prove that last season wasn't a fluke. For some, it's to prove it was. It doesn't matter if it was injury, a change in style, or looking like they were…
Posted by lsefton on 09/11/12 | Comments 0

Czeching in on Junior Hockey
There's been a serious paucity of goalie stories this past month. August is usually the month of signings and first look at new masks (and yes, Chris Mason has once again come through with a way cool Iron Maiden themed mask!) Luckily, Junior Hockey has started up. They're currently in…
Posted by lsefton on 09/02/12 | Comments 0

Huet on the Move?
How slow is it? It’s so slow that the curent number one goalie story is about whether Cristobal Huet will go with the Kings or the Canucks When the travails and travels of a soon to be 37 year old French goalie is covered in minutiae by the hockey press,…
Posted by lsefton on 08/08/12 | Comments 0

Goalie Derivatives—do we pay too much for a future product?
If it wasn’t for the ongoing CBA discussions, I’d say we were smack in the middle of silly season, where the front office starts to take vacations, and the columnists start looking for anything to write about. One of this Summer’s subplots is the on-going Robert Luongo watch, which has…
Posted by lsefton on 07/18/12 | Comments 1

Anthony Brodeur—the Next Generation?
Who knows? Maybe in five years we’ll have a new sports question—“Name the father/son NHL goaltending duo with the most wins” Or we’ll get to hear Doc Emrick announce “Brodeur vs Roy in the nets tonight”. It’s only been a few weeks since the NHL draft, but there’s always time…
Posted by lsefton on 07/09/12 | Comments 0

Drafting a Goaltender—when is “no” the right answer?
It’s Draft Day, and there’s some chatter about drafting goalies as either a quick fix to a current goaltending issue, or as insurance against an aging goaltending duo. Insurance? Always a gamble, but teams need to refresh and develop their goaltending talent. Note “develop”—most goalies aren’t ready fresh out of…
Posted by lsefton on 06/22/12 | Comments 0

Goalies—looking past, up, and forward
The Stanley Cup is about to head out on its Summer tour, so it’s time to take a look at what else is going on. Not that there isn’t hockey to be had, it’s just the emphasis has shifted to the back office, where the deals are already starting to…
Posted by lsefton on 06/16/12 | Comments 0

Quick!  Don’t Miss Him!
There are times I’m tempted to send the extra-large pot of coffee to the east-coast media, usually when they start up on “where did come from?” This usually precedes the team being scheduled in for every east coast swing for the next season, which at least solves the problem for…
Posted by lsefton on 06/07/12 | Comments 0

Cabernets and Goalies—both improve with age?
It’s the Stanley Cup Finals, and the goalie mot talked abut is…. Dominik Hasek!  Hasek wants to make a return to the NHL, and he’s purportedly talking to at least two (depending on who’s reporting, pick two of three: Detroit, Buffalo and Tampa Bay) teams about mounting his comeback. There’s…
Posted by lsefton on 05/30/12 | Comments 0

Sean Burke—Coaching from Experience
I have in my possession a close-up photo I took of Sean Burke in a Hartford Whalers mask. Nope, he didn’t suddenly spring up from the seafoam—which would be a neat trick in Arizona—and become the hottest goalie coach in the NHL. If someone has asked me back then if…
Posted by lsefton on 05/22/12 | Comments 0

The Understudy knows all the parts: Jason LaBarbera
I wonder if Jason LaBarbera wakes up at 3AM and wonders about how he arrived where he is right now. He’s Mike Smith’s backup, and a goalie who’s been on both teams in the Western Conference finals. (For the bar bet of the week, he’s also tended goal for the…
Posted by lsefton on 05/15/12 | Comments 0

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,…
Posted by lsefton on 05/08/12 | Comments 0

Why Luongo, without your no-trade clause, you’re beautiful!
Roberto Luongo is in the market, and some have already decided that he’s going to the Maple Leafs. Or maybe he’s going to the Oilers, or maybe the Lightning. I could keep going, but there’s the rest of the league to list, and that would take awhile. For a number…
Posted by lsefton on 04/30/12 | Comments 1

No Ma’am, we’re Goalies
It isn’t then end of the first round, but we can see it from here, and Braden Holtby continues on his mission, and he continues to get attention from the press. Why? With the “don’t worry, we’ll score more” battle of attrition between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and almost daily wait…
Posted by lsefton on 04/21/12 | Comments 0

Braden Holtby—the latest to start a stellar career in the playoffs?
The Stanley Cup Playoffs can be the door a relatively unknown goalie uses to enter the NHL. Ken Dryden was better known for his college play when he shut down the Bruins in 1971. Mike Vernon was a local kid who made good in the 1986 playoffs. So I’m not…
Posted by lsefton on 04/14/12 | Comments 0

Who is that Masked Man—callups and signings
We’re seeing more than the usual share of backups and a mix of kids ad oldsters from the AHL as the season winds down. Some teams are slotted in and want to give their #1 a rest. And some, well because they don’t have a choice. The Washington Capitals fall…
Posted by lsefton on 04/07/12 | Comments 0

More Three-Dot Madness!  Goalie Signings and Random Reappearances
We’re coming up on the end of the season, and some of the teams you wouldn’t have suspected are continuing to make goalie changes and additions, well, because they really don’t have many options: In the “Where is he now?  He’s on the Island!” category, the New York Islanders have…
Posted by lsefton on 03/30/12 | Comments 2

Coast to Coast—it’s the three dot Goalie Lounge
Apologies to the ghost of Herb Caen! Nabokov signed up for another year on the Island.  According to TSN, he’ll be making $2.75 million to backstop the Islanders. Even though Nabokov’s record is south of .500, his 2.56 GAA and .912 save percentage is enough to make him a serious…
Posted by lsefton on 03/21/12 | Comments 1

Turco-Then and Now
I really want Marty Turco to do well, I really do. It just seems that real life keeps interfering with the coda on his NHL career. I’ve watched Turco play since his days at UM under Red Berenson. The University of Michigan hockey program at that time looked like the…
Posted by lsefton on 03/14/12 | Comments 0

Marty Turco, to the Black and Gold Courtesy Phone, Please!
The Boston Bruins, looking at a great big empty where Tuukka Rask used to be, signed Marty Turco to play for the rest of the season. Turco, who had been playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg (which maks you wonder if they have a special rate for NHL goalies—Arturs Irbe…
Posted by lsefton on 03/06/12 | Comments 13

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