Martin Biron retires

A week after being waived and going unclaimed, goaltender Martin Biron has announced his retirement from the NHL after 16 seasons. Biron was waived by the Rangers after a subpar performance in St. Louis, as the Rangers appeared to be ready to move on from the goalie who was the first serviceable and reliable backup for Henrik Lundqvist since Kevin…

Read More→

Breaking down Hank’s positional adjustment

As we all know by now, the Rangers have gotten off to a slow start this season.  One of the more surprising factors in Blueshirt’s early malaise was the rather pedestrian play of all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  It wasn’t necessarily that he was playing outright badly, just far below the lofty expectations that the fan base has for #30.  After…

Read More→

Rangers goaltending nothing short of brutal

Henrik Lundqvist seems to have forgotten how to control rebounds, and his decision making around the net has been abysmal. Martin Biron can’t even stop a shot from the blueline.  Every aspect of the Rangers (Brad Richards aside) has been awful to start the year, but it has to start and end in net, and the Rangers are nowhere near…

Read More→

Best case/worst case scenarios for Ranger defensemen and goalies in 2013

Defensemen Aaron Johnson Best case: Johnson is an adequate depth defender and is significantly better than Stu Bickel in spot duty. Worst case: Johnson is no better than Bickel and the Rangers are back where they were last year if top-six blueliners get hurt. Anton Stralman Best case: Stralman continues to be an unsung hero for the Blueshirts and finally…

Read More→

Is Sidney Crosby an example for Rangers players?

When Sidney Crosby signed his last contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins he did so without huge fanfare, while signing for a large amount of money over a significant period of time. Some wondered why the Penguins took the risk given Crosby’s recent history but the fact remained, the Penguins locked up arguably the best center in hockey. While signing on…

Read More→

A closer look at Cam Talbot

Since the emergence of Henrik Lundqvist during the 2005-2006 season, many Ranger fans haven’t put much thought into the future between the pipes.  Fast forward eight years later, Hank is still only 31 years-old and likely to sign a 7-8 year extension within the next 12 months.  The stability The King provides has masked (no pun intended?) a rather glaring…

Read More→

The unexpected goalie competition

When August turned to September, the one position that had zero uncertainty was goaltender. Henrik Lundqvist is the starter, and Martin Biron was supposed to be the backup. A wrench was thrown into that plan when Biron missed the first two days of camp with a personal issue, and the Rangers invited former Devil Johan Hedberg to camp on a…

Read More→

Justin’s 2nd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (10-1)

Welcome to the final installment of the annual Top 30.  It’s been a fun ride over the long summer months, but with hockey season upon us, let’s take a gander at the Top 10.  In case you missed it, here are parts one and two. Before we get to the best tenders in the land, let’s take a look at…

Read More→

Latest round of pad reductions illustrates need for more effective advocacy for goaltenders

The other day, I was reading one of my favorite goalie-related publications, InGoal Magazine.  There was a fantastic article about some NHL tendys giving their thoughts on the new equipment sizing and some of the difficulties the changes pose.  After reading the article and seeing some of the drastic reductions in size, I started thinking about the involvement of the…

Read More→

Justin’s 2nd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (20-11)

Welcome to Part II of Justin’s Preseason Top 30 Goaltenders list.  In case you missed rankings 30-21, here they are.  Before we begin, let’s take a quick look at a couple more tendys that didn’t make the cut this year after gracing the list in 2012… Dropped: Ilya Bryzgalov, Free Agent:  I caught a lot of flack for ranking Mr….

Read More→