Tag: NHL Goalies

What Teams Could Use Cam Talbot?

After the news of Mikko Koskinen signing a three-year extension with the Oilers, this probably means that Cam Talbot wants out in Edmonton. This is not definite but based off the age of Talbot, his history and what was said after the Koskinen signing all signs are pointing to Talbot being out in Edmonton.

After the Koskinen signing it was said that the Oilers spoke to Talbot about what they were looking to do with Koskinen therefore this likely means he is on the move. If this is true, this five teams could use Cam Talbot’s services.

1. Philadelphia Flyers: Sure signing a middle-aged goalie that has potentially three to five good years and is on the current decline has not worked out well for the Flyers in the past. BUT I think if the Flyers were to get rid of Brian Elliott, Michael Neuvirth and run with Cam Talbot and Carter Hart for a season they would be much better off than what has been their goalie situation in the past. Plus the Flyers can shed Wayne Simmonds, receive a bottom six forward and possibly Darnell Nurse.

2. Florida Panthers: Roberto Luongo is probably nearing the end of his career, he does not have much time left and the Panthers biggest issues lately have been goaltending concerns. Luongo has been on and off the IR and without a consistent number one it is hard to win in this league. Again the Panthers have a solid blue line where it would give Talbot more re-assurance then what he has dealt with in Edmonton. 

3. Chicago Blackhawks: the Blackhawks are using Colin Delia, who is not doing a bad job but I am sure once and if he ever Corey Crawford does come back healthy the Blackhawks would be a solid team with Talbot-Crawford tandem. Or even if Crawford does not come back Talbot can be a very solid fringe starter for the Blackhawks.

4. Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes have not had a number one goalie in quite sometime. They keep filling these hot hand goalies who are on for a week then off for a week. They need some consistency and Talbot is a veteran, knows what to do and can get the job done. Plus with Arizona’s blue line Talbot will get the defense he deserves and would play better in Arizona in comparison to Edmonton (the last two years).

5. New York Rangers: For 2-3 years until Igor Shesterkin is ready to leave the KHL, Cam Talbot can be a solid number two to Henrik Lundqvist or until Lundqvist retires. Talbot has a history with the Rangers and knows them well therefore it would be a good fit for him. For the Rangers perhaps not so much due to Talbot’s 4.16 million cap hit. I am not saying this is the best option for the Rangers but it is an option for Talbot and his agent. 

Talbot led the NHL in 2016-2017 with 42 wins, and 73 starts, was 6th in the NHL in goals against(GAA) 2.39, 7th in save percentage with a .919. Yes this was 2016-17, two years ago but Talbot’s career numbers are 136-108-23 with a 2.57 GAA, .916 save percentage and 20 shutouts. In reality his decline only began last year, he has plenty of time to revive his career and any team can get four to five more solid seasons out of Talbot.

NHL News: Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury make history, Carter Hart stuns the Predators

Those weird, superstitious, juggling creatures who stand in between the net wearing some gear taking 100mph shots on a nightly basis, deserve their own article to kick off the day. It was a great night to be a goalie it seemed like in Thursday nights action. There were 11 games on display and three goalies made headlines for different reasons.

Fleury, Price move up in NHL All-Time Goalies Win List 

Carey Price earned his 300th win in 576th game started in his career. Price now has 300-211-66 in his career with a 2.48 goals against (GAA), .918 save percentage (SV%) and 41 shutouts. Thursday nights win for Price came against the Arizona Coyotes on the road. Price turned away 36 of 37 shots, getting his first win in five days. Price now has a 14-10-4 record, 2.84 GAA, .905 SV % with one shutout.

Marc-Andre Fleury moves to 9th all-time for wins among goalies. Fleury earned his 424th win vs the New York Islanders Thursday night. Fleury is now 13 wins behind Jacques Plante for 8th and 17 behind active New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for 6th all time. Fleury turned away 19 of 21 shots vs the Islanders, making it his 424th of his career but his 20th of the year. Fleury is the first to 20 wins for this seasons, he now has a 20-10-2 record, 2.56 GAA, .907 SV % and five shutouts.

Hart stuns the Predators

Carter Hart the 20-year-old goaltender who was called up just three days ago started in his second career NHL game vs one of the best teams in the NHL and manages to pull out a big win for the Flyers on home ice Thursday night. Hart turned away 31 of 32 shots Thursday night, out performing last seasons Vezina winner and picking up his second career win in his second start. The second round pick in 2016 is seeming to be the savior in Philadelphia can Hart keep it up vs the Blue Jackets Saturday afternoon.

NHL Vezina trophy discussion; Frederik Anderson & Marc-Andre Fleury lead the way

The Vezina, probably one of the more forgotten trophies in the league and much like the Norris despite the goaltenders impact on a team whoever has the best statistics at the end of the regular season wins usually. Last years winner was Pekka Rinne, who posted 42 wins in 59 starts, a 2.31 goals against (GAA), .927 save percentage, allowed 134 goals against on 1,840 shots and posted 8 shutouts.

This top-four years candidates are as follows…

  1. Frederick Anderson: Yes the Leafs are good, sure it may not be difficult some nights for Anderson but he plays a huge role in why the Leafs are successful this year. Anderson has started in the fourth most games this year (24), has collected wins 16 of those 24 starts (16-8-0 record) posts a 2.50 goals against (1st among goalies with 20+ games started) has a .926 save percentage (1st among goalies with 20+ games started). Anderson sees a lot more time than most starters do, he is in almost every night for the Leafs and of the 30 games the Leafs have played Anderson has not played in six of them, nearly unheard of. He did the same thing last year just not as well, but this year he has come out hot and has not slowed down one bit. The Leafs starter certainly deserves Vezina credit.
  2. Marc Andre Fleury: It was a big discussion last year if Fleury should win it, although he started in fewer games he was a major reason the Golden Knights went as far as they did last year. Fleury had a unforgettable 2017-18 season and even with the Golden Knights starting out a little slow Fleury has still been the back bone to this teams success. Fleury has started in the most games among all goalies (28), has a 2.51 goals against (2nd among all goalies with 20+ starts) and .908 save percentage. Fleury’s save percentage is probably one of the reasons some may look the other way on him, but look at the minutes he is seeing. He has not started in just four Vegas games this season, has seen 5th most shots against and is still producing for Vegas, not mention he is first among all goalies in wins (17) and shutouts (5). Fleury continues this streak and does not miss time it will tough to leave him out of the Vezina talk this year.
  3. John Gibson: A goalie that does not get enough credit for what he does. The Ducks have Ryan Miller sure but Miller does not do what Gibson does. Gibson has started in 25 games this year, 3rd most among all goalies, has a 2.59 GAA, .925 save percentage and has seen the second most shots against this year (832). Gibson has played in all but 7 games for the Ducks and the reason Anaheim is where they are right now is in large part because of Gibson. If he stays healthy he needs to be a nominee at least. His playoff struggles concern some but Vezina is regular season production so that should not be an issue.
  4. Pekka Rinne: It would be tough not to mention last years Vezina winner in this discussion. Although Rinne missed sometime this year he still does have 19 games started not as many as the other three but even in those 19 games, Rinne has posted a 1.96 GAA, .930 save percentage (both lead the league among goalies), and he does have two shutouts in just 19 starts. Sure it is tough to say if Rinne deserves the same recognition as the other three. Even when he was not playing the Predators did fine but Rinne is still a top-tier goalie in the league as he is healthy now he will see a lot more time. He is probably a border line number four right now at this point in the season but come after the All-Star break when we re-address this conversation I would expect him to be within the top-three among Vezina talk.

Tuukka Rask refuses to lose! Slowly coming back to the best since his return

Tuukka Rask has had a very turbulent season so far with the Bruins. In his very first game of the year, he gave up 5 goals on 19 shots against the Capitals. It seemed like Jaroslav Halak is clearly the better goaltender and Rask was getting fewer and fewer opportunities.

Then a bizarre sequence followed, after Halak played his worst game of the season allowing 5 goals against the Canucks, Rask came in to play and gave up another three goals on 14 shots on goal, including one generous gift. Next day after that game, Rask mysteriously left the team on personal reasons. It took him few days to come back, but since his return, he has been much more better for the Bruins.

Personal break propelled Rask to respond better

So far Rask started in four games since his comeback and never lost in regulation period. Twice he prevailed and twice Boston lost in overtime. In his first game back in Dallas, Rask made 36 stops on 37 shots on goal, in his next start, in Detroit last Wednesday, he made 26 saves on 29 shots on goal in 3-2 overtime loss. In Montreal last weekend Rask was stellar, made 31 saves in a 3-2 win over Bruins´ archrivals.

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Bruins should be happy with what they get in the blue-paint

On Thursday night, when the Bruins honored Rick Middleton with retiring his number, Rask stood on his head again, made 28 saves and another four stops in a shootout in process of 2-1 shootout win for his team against the New York Islanders. And it is not only about his numbers and results, even thought those ones are the most important.

Rask seemed to be well focused in the net, gave up goals when he really could not make any bigger effort to stop that shot and reacted very angrily after every goal allowed. That may not be the best sign if you are allowing a ton of goals, but if you give up a goal on the third rebound… It is good to be mad then.

Rask was clearly not happy with his play before, but he has been on the top of his game ever since. Tuukka Rask experienced the same situation last season, but he found his way back in late November and never really looked back. Sounds familiar, doesn´t it?

This time around, he might have a little bit better and more experienced netminder alongside him, Halak also posted some very good performances as of late. The Bruins have so many things to be concerned about… McAvoy still out, Kevan Miller went out for 5 weeks, Chara and Bergeron missing until after Christmas… But goaltending situation is not the area of concern.

It seems like Rask surely responded nicely on his early-season struggles and huge challenge created by Jaroslav Halak. Now it is his task to hold the Bruins as high as possible. It should not be his goal winning respect and love from the Bruins fanbase. Rask already has it.

Top-20 Fantasy Hockey Goalies for the 2018-19 season

Goaltenders are here! The last of the news until we hit some other fantasy hockey related topics. For me goalies are tough because, I always take into account a goalies defense their previous year, games started and of course consistency. For example you will immediately realize I did not rank Pekka Rinne #1, because he had the best defense in the league in front of him and a top team in the conference, plus I mean the guy imploded in the playoffs, and during the regular season he is solid every year. Also, he won the Vezina and I think it is only fair that a guy who was a starter in the AHL three years ago had an unreal year and deserves #1.

Top-20 Goalies are as follows…

  1. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG
  2. Pekka Rinne, NSH
  3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL
  4. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ
  5. Jonathan Quick, LAK
  6. Braden Holtby, WSH
  7. Marc Andre-Fleury, VGK
  8. Devan Dubynk, MIN
  9. Tuukka Rask, BOS
  10. John Gibson, ANH
  11. Martin Jones, SJS
  12. Ben Bishop, DAL
  13. Frederick Anderson, TOR
  14. Matt Murray, PIT
  15. Corey Crawford, CHI
  16. Carter Hutton, BUF
  17. Mike Smith, CGY
  18. Semyon Varlamov, COL
  19. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
  20. Corey Schneider, NJD

Not even going to lie, I almost forgot about Matt Murray and Braden Hotlby, I understand Holtby had a down year in a sense and so did Murray but Holtby is coming off a Stanely Cup win, and Murray was dealing with a roller coaster of emotions with everything that was happening with him personally plus injuries. This is a tough list, I also don’t think we need to go much after the top-20 so you have a lovely surprise after this paragraph… I gave Hellebuyck #1 because cmon, the guy came in with Steve Mason in front of him, literally ran Mason out of a job and out of Winnipeg, took over the starting job all year and had unbelievable first year as a starter. I like Hellebuyck a lot and think this is only the beginning for him. Perhaps Carter Hutton should not be on that list but he took over a lot of time in St. Louis and earned a number one role in Buffalo which he will excel in greatly.

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Cam Ward, Jonathan Bernier, Carter Hutton signing news as July 1st approaches

Cam Ward is said to be signing with Chicago soon. The Blackhawks have reportedly been in constant contact with Ward. After Corey Crawford dealt with some major injuries and the Blackhawks missed the playoffs due to goaltending issues and some poor defensive depth. At least the Blackhawks have at least addressed one area of concern. Crawford is set to also be a UFA (unrestricted free agent) in 2019-20. Ward is now 34-years-old probably looking for a 2-3 year deal. The terms and conditions have not come out yet but it is Ward is set to be a Blackhawk soon.

Jonathan Brenier is set to be a Detroit Red Wing upon free agency. Brenier is 29-years-old emerging in the NHL on the Los Angeles Kings, and then bouncing around between Toronto, Anaheim and now Colorado. Brenier is probably coming in to compete with Jimmy Howard for the starting job. Brenier is coming off a playoff appearing season and one of his best years with a 19-13-3 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 SV percentage. Bernier’s best year came in 2013-14 starting in 49 games with 26-19-7 record a 2.69 GAA and .923 SV percentage. Again terms and conditions have not come out yet but it is said he will be a Detroit Red Wing soon.

Carter Hutton is said to be rumored to Buffalo soon. Buffalo is going after Hutton for their starting goalie role. Hutton at 32-years-old now gets his first staring job. Hutton played for St. Louis as the back up for 2 years, before that he was a back up in Nashville for 3 years. Hutton is coming off his best season starting in 26 games posting a 17-7-3 a 2.09 GAA and .931 SV percentage. Hutton will now be another Buffalo test, Robin Lehner failed, so let’s see if Hutton can be the savior in Buffalo…

NHL Headlines 10/28

Vegas’ Big Day: The Golden Knights extended their winning streak to 5 games with their huge 7-0 win over the Avalanche on Nevada day. 7 different players scored for the Knights and Oscar Dansk recorded his first career shutout, stopping 32 shots in the affair. Vegas capitalized on the awful turnovers by the Avs with multiple goals coming from offensive turnovers by the Avalanche defense. They moved up to 8-1-0 this season leading the Pacific division, we keep counting this team out, but they always show up the critics.

Goaltending Ruled: 6 games were played on Friday and 4 of the games ended 2-1, and there was one game that had a shutout. Goal scoring right now appears to abundant, yet we see now that the goalies are fully capable of backstopping their teams to victories. Headlining the goaltending powers from last night was a 43 save win for Pekka Rinne over the Chicago Blackhawks. This is hopefully a sign to come that more 3-2 games will arise and a few less 6-3 contests as the season continues.

Devilish Ways To Win: The New Jersey Devils overcame an early deficit to defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-5 in overtime. The Devils start the season 7-2-0, their best mark in 24 years back in the 1993-1994 campaign. This is eerily similar to how the Leafs season went last season. Working with young talent like Will Butcher, Jesper Bratt, and number one overall pick Nico Hischier. This is a team that is looking to make a jump back into the playoffs this season. I do not put it behind me that this team can ride this start into a hunt for the Wild Card spot, especially with the woes the Rangers are currently going through.