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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Who will be the first injury call ups?

One thing that we can be sure about next season is that there will be injuries. If we learned anything from this postseason, it’s that you can never have enough depth, because you never know when the injuries will begin to mount. It was one area that Slats worked very diligently to address this offseason, and he did a mighty…

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Justin’s 2nd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (30-21)

Welcome to Justin’s 2nd Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List.  If this is the first time you are reading the list, last year’s entries can be found here, here and here.  The methodology of the list is the same as last year: taking into account present ability, future projection, durability, consistency and technique, this is the order in which I would advise…

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Taking a look at a possible Henrik Lundqvist contract extension

Henrik Lundqvist’s contract situation has been quite the hot topic since the season ended.  Prior to his non-committal remarks as to his future, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Hank would remain in New York long-term.  Since extension-gate and the coaching change, combined with news that Lundqvist’s camp and the Rangers are commencing negotiations at the Draft in a…

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Rangers final grades: Goaltending

The plan for this lock-out shortened season was to be able to keep Hank in a rhythm, but to also make sure he was well rested for what should be a long playoff run.  As we all know, things rarely go according to plan, and the Rangers ended up using Henrik for 43 of the 48 regular season games this…

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Addressing Henrik Lundqvist’s extension comments

After a frustrating end to the Rangers’ season in Boston several days ago, the voracious New York media was bestowed with the “We’ll see” heard round the world.  Henrik Lundqvist’s non-committal response to his future in New York almost imploded the entire hockey media.  Articles were written, page hits were had, and ad revenue rained down on media outlets.  Many…

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Is Lundqvist Vezina worthy again?

Although he has been criticized –especially early in the season– and he is without a shutout (yet), could Henrik Lundqvist quietly have moved into the Vezina candidates once again, this season? With Craig Anderson and his other worldly numbers surely out of contention because a lack of games (16 games is surely not enough to warrant consideration), Lundqvist has a…

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