Dan Blackburn Update

New York Ranger goalie Dan Blackburn, the 10th overall pick in 2001 has recently signed a contract and is playing with the ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings. Now why is this news?

In the 2003 offseason, Blackburn injured nerves in his left shoulder while lifting weights in Calgary. Earlier this month he signed with Victoria. Victoria is 10-38-4, and Blackburn is 3-5.

However, Blackburn is the only UCHLer, if not the only professional goalie to wear a blocker on both hands! Due to the injury, he has opted to wear two blockers, the left one, his normal catcher hand does have a trapping net under the blocker, so he can stop play. However, Blackburn’s primary goal is to be able to deflect puck in the corner, and no longer make those spectacular glove saves.

Dan still is hoping to make a come back to the NHL. He is 21 years old, and had surgury 11 months ago.

Sathers move to draft Montoya 6th overall last June doesn’t seem too dumb now. He most likely knew something we didn’t. The Rangers currently have Mike Dunham, and Kevin Weekes under contract, and two very fine prospects in Hendrik Lundqvist and Alvaro Montoya.

Don’t count a come back for Dan Blackburn out. Up to now Blackburn has played in 63 games and is 20-32-4; 3.22 GAA; .894 SAV% and one shutout.