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…

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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…

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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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