Contextualizing Hank’s place in history

With his win over Ottawa on Tuesday night, Henrik Lundqvist passed Mike Richter for the Rangers’ all-time wins record.  His 302nd career victory came on the heels of back-to-back disappointing losses, so this achievement was somewhat marginalized.  It’s very difficult to take stock of history while you are in the middle of a somewhat frustrating playoff race. Aside from the Rangers’…

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GSAA: a step in the right direction, but hardly essential

A little over a week ago, one of my go-to publications, InGoal Magazine, released an interesting article, entitled GSAA: An Essential Statistic for Evaluating Goaltenders, touting a new advanced metric for analyzing goaltending, called GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average).  The author, Greg Balloch, does a nice job of breaking down the specific methodology that goes into determining how many goals…

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Previewing the Olympic goaltenders

This year’s Olympic competition sports a pool of goaltenders amongst the strongest we have seen since the NHL began participating in the games.  The United States and Finland are especially deep, each with three goaltenders that could easily start for most nations.  Although the tournament has already gotten underway, and we have seen some solid (Lundqvist, Hiller) performances and some…

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Balance the key to Lundqvist’s resurgence

Despite being Ben Scrivens’d (again) last night, the Rangers have been on quite a roll for past six weeks or so.  Most will point to the terrible 5-3 loss to the Islanders on December 20th as the game that proved to be a turning point for the season.  At that time, the Rangers were struggling to break .500, playing downright terrible…

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Attempting to quantify goalie puck handling

The request for this post came from reader Max Steuer.  Keep those suggestions coming! If you have a post idea you’d like one of us to run with, make sure to reach out to your desired author via email or twitter. Throughout Henrik Lundqvist’s stellar career to date, one of the common detractions from his game has always been his…

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Rangers mid-season grades: the goaltenders

So far, the crew here at BSB has covered the GM, Coach, defense and bottom six forwards in our mid-season grades series.  Today, we touch on something of a sore subject: the goaltending.  Even though Marty Biron played in several regular season games, he immediately retired and gave way to Cam Talbot.  For this reason, I’m not going to grade…

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Henrik Lundqvist, balance and the Bauer OD1N line

On December 19th, Bauer Hockey held a media event to unveil a new line of both player and goalie equipment that they claimed was going to be a “game changer”.  Their basic approach was to charge their research and product design engineers in St-Jérôme, Québec to change the way hockey players could perform on the ice.  The concept was made…

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So, what about Cam Talbot?

Now that all the hemming and hawing over Henrik Lundqvist’s contract situation has been completed, Cam Talbot’s future has been an oft-discussed topic.  Whatever you may think about the specific details of the contract, Hank is going to be manning the pipes at the Garden until 2020-2021. This brings us back to Talbot.  His emergence this season as a viable…

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Risks and benefits of the Henrik Lundqvist contract

In case you missed it, and I doubt you did, the Rangers re-signed Henrik Lundqvist to a massive seven-year, $59.5 million ($8.5 million cap hit) contract extension yesterday. It is a long commitment to the best goalie in the world. It’s also a contract that makes him the highest paid goalie in history (not counting Roberto Luongo’s contract, which was…

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A simple goalie controversy answer: There is none

If you read some of the papers this morning, then there is quite a bit going on about a goalie controversy here in New York. It was solidified even more when coach Alain Vigneault announced that Cam Talbot is the starter for tonight’s game against Winnipeg. Talbot has been phenomenal in his first seven starts, and could push himself into the…

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