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Justin’s 3rd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (30-21)

It’s that time of year again; welcome to the 3rd Annual Top 30 Goaltender’s List! Before we get started, just a couple housekeeping matters to attend to. There are no major changes to the methodology this year. I am still advising a hypothetical “team” on how to prioritize seeking a goaltending solution, irrespective of standings, roster composition, contention window or organizational view of its current options. The rankings are obviously subjective, so feel free (and encouraged!) to disagree with me.

Last year, I introduced a “dropped” section to give a little context as to why goalies who appeared on the first year’s installment didn’t make the cut the following season. Unfortunately, this year saw a huge drop off in the 30-21 range (8 goalies), so I don’t have room for that section this year. With all that out of the way, let’s start with the honorable mentions:

James Reimer- Toronto Maple Leafs: I’ve never been a Reimer fan, and after losing his job to Jonathan Bernier, failing to perform in big games and being involved in perpetual trade rumors, I felt justified in leaving him off the list. Whenever the inevitable trade to Winnipeg comes, he can continue to be a key contributor to mediocrity.

Ondrej Pavelec- Winnipeg Jets: Speaking of Winnipeg, I’m done waiting for Pavelec’s A-list talent and D-List work ethic to develop. He has squandered a golden opportunity to be a fantastic NHL tender, but now the KHL seems more likely than ever once his ridiculous five-year contract expires.

Cam Talbot- New York Rangers: After a fantastic rookie Cam-paign (see what I did there?), Talbot looks to show that last season was no fluke before hitting the open market in July in search of a starting job. I thought it was a little premature to include him, but he is well on his way.

Onto the Top 30 Proper…

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King’s Lair

It's good to be the King

It’s good to be the King

In case you missed the gossip pages last week, Henrik Lundqvist is selling his Hell’s Kitchen apartment. The place is a 2,035 square foot penthouse duplex with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bath, which will run you about $6.5 million. Not bad.

For more pics, scope it out below.

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Friday chat reminder

Happy Friday, everyone.  Let’s chat a little this afternoon.  We will start at 1pm, but drop by at 12:45pm to fill that queue up.  Until then, feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the newly signed Zuccarello/Kreider contracts, Brassards pending arbitration, bargain bin free agents, whatever.  See everyone this afternoon!

Friday chat reminder

Happy Friday, BSBer’s.  Instead of a post today, let’s kill some time at work and chat.  Formal start time is 11am, but drop by around 10:45am and start filling up the queue.  See everyone there!

Henrik Lundqvist Foundation: Win tickets to Game 4

The Henrik Lundqvist foundation reached out to be with a raffle to benefit the foundation, with the winner getting a pair of tickets to Game Four:

In an effort to give back to the fans and raise money for his foundation, Henrik has set up a raffle with a prize of 2 tickets to Game 4, an autographed puck from the Eastern Conference Championship Game and an autographed goalie stick from the 2014 Playoffs.

http://www.netraffle.org/raffle/index.php?rid=629

Considering ticket prices, this is a solid chance to get some tickets for less than the $1,000 secondary market prices we are seeing right now. Be sure to check it out.

Post loss musings

The face of an OT winner

The face of an OT winner

Let’s face it, last night’s loss felt like a kick to the stomach. I don’t think any of us were able to wake up without feeling sad, disgruntled, nauseous, confused, personally victimized, etc… I personally can’t formulate a logical post, so instead, some post-game thoughts.

–          The Rangers dominated last night. This is infuriating right now, but I’ll take great play and a tough loss over getting run over for two games.

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Save by Richter Blog: Fundraiser for Katie Moore Foundation

This was brought to my attention earlier this week, but as you prepare to watch Game Two, you should go check out Save by Richter’s fundraiser for the Katie Moore Foundation. They are closing in on $2,000 raised already, which is truly phenomenal.

In 2013, Dominic Moore founded The Katie Moore Foundation in her memory and to help “energize medical science looking for paths to safety and healing, and to provide more direction, advocacy, and community for patients and families battling rare cancers.” 

A little in abundance can be a lot.

Special pre-game chat reminder

Welcome to the playoffs, BSB’ers!  By popular demand, I will be hosting a pre-game chat on this first round eve for about 30 minutes.  Stop by around 6:15pm to fill up the queue, and we will chat from about 6:30pm-puck drop.  Hope to see everyone there.

Friday chat reminder

Sorry about missing last week, but I’ll make it up to you today in a pre-playoff chat.  Make sure to stop by at 11:45 to fill the queue, and we’ll get going at noon sharp.  See everyone this afternoon!

MSG will celebrate Henrik Lundqvist Day tomorrow

The Rangers were kind enough to send me a press release the other day, noting that they will be devoting all of the programming tomorrow to Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist, as you know, recently set the Rangers all-time wins record, passing Mike Richter with his 302nd win. Programming will begin at noon, and end just in time for the game against the Phoenix Coyotes. You can read the full release after the jump.

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