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This made me furious, but then laugh at the stupidity and ignorance of these brothers. You’re in for some fun! Find out who is THE WORST goalie in the NHL, at least…who the McHockey Brothers think is the worst goalie.Courtesy of Spector’s Rumors.

Ten worst goalies in the NHL
By Marc and Andrew Ethier
Brothers McHockey

The ten worst active goalies in the National Hockey League, according to a poll of two (us). The following is for edification, not fantasy, purposes:

10. Felix Potvin, Los Angeles. Whoa, you say. Potvin? Didn’t he backstop the Kings to a stunning upset of Detroit in 2001 and take L.A. to a seventh game against Colorado the past two years? Didn’t he resurrect his career in the City of Angels with a 2.31 goals-against average and .907 save percentage, very respectable numbers, last year? How can the Brothers, who are normally so prescient, who have their fingers on the pulse of the league, pick him as their tenth-worst goalie? Easy: he’s overrated. “The Cat” got booed out of Toronto, booed out of Long Island, and booed out of Vancouver. Last year was his first full season since 1997-98, when he played 67 games for the Leafs and went seven games under .500, posting a 2.73 GAA (his career mark is 2.78). They may sing his praises in L.A., but it’s only a matter of time before Felix leaves town the same way he’s left every other NHL city – on a rail.

9. Steve Shields, Boston. What were the Bruins thinking? Granted, Byron Dafoe had a lousy first round last season, losing to Montreal in six games while allowing 19 goals. But it seems to us that Boston management is making the same mistake with Dafoe that St. Louis made with Roman Turek – not giving a netminder with good regular season numbers a chance to learn from a demoralizing playoff outing. So the Bears brought in Shields, an Anaheim outcast, and immediately conferred No. 1 status on him … whoop-de-doo. Boston will have a weaker defense with the absence of holdout Kyle McLaren (unless they get something good in a trade, which is doubtful), and Shields has never – NEVER – been over .500 in a full season’s effort (he hasn’t even played a full season since 1999-2000 for San Jose), AND he’s coming off a 9-20-2 effort for the admittedly awful Ducks. Maybe GM Mike O’Connell sees something we don’t … but this looks like a world-class boner to the Brothers. Dafoe, meanwhile, is working on a permanent butt-shaped imprint for his couch at home. Keep your head up, chief, the Thrashers will be calling in no time.

8. Dan Cloutier, Vancouver. They talk this kid up a lot in Canucks circles, saying how well he played down the stretch to make Vancouver the hottest team going into the playoffs. Well la-de-da. Cloutier had a momentous meltdown against the Red Wings in Round One, proving he isn’t as mature as Brian Burke would like everyone to believe. Isn’t this the frothing-at-the-mouth punk who tried to fight an entire bench of opposing players when he was a rookie with the Rangers? We’re thinking he’s going to struggle mightily with the memory of his playoff failure, and with Ed Jovanovski already griping about the makeup of the Vancouver D (the addition of Sami Salo, who is reportedly “shocked” to be leaving Ottawa, won’t help much), Cloutier won’t be getting any help – making remembrance of last year’s late-season run more bittersweet than the ending of “Harold and Maude.”

7. Marc Denis, Columbus. OK, it’s tough to pick on a guy who plays for an expansion team still looking to find its collective butt after two straight seasons of whuppin’. Yet to crack the double-digit win mark with his new team, Denis is a young kid who probably earnestly believes in the Blue Jackets’ ability to compete in the NHL – or who, alternately, goes home every night and puts a gun in his mouth like Mel Gibson in “Lethal Weapon.” How would we know? Point is, Denis will take another drubbing this year; it probably won’t be as severe as last season because Columbus will certainly be better defensively with their offseason acquisitions, but it will be a drubbing nonetheless. Goals-against 3.00 and rising … rising …

6. Garth Snow, N.Y. Islanders. Will we ever get the image of those wooden shoulder boards out of our minds? Not unless Snow, a career backup, suddenly does something to make a new name for himself. The Brothers’ prediction: Not gonna happen. The vision of Snow’s robot-like uniform when he was Ron Hextall’s understudy in 1997 makes this guy a punchline in bars all over Detroit to this day, even though he’s made pit stops in Vancouver, Pittsburgh and now the Isle since Philadelphia’s Big Choke in the Finals that year. Snow, a big man, seemed to have good mobility early in his career, but now his job is mainly to block half the net during warm-ups. Word is, he’s fighting a Shooter Tutor in camp for his job this season.

5. Damian Rhodes, Nowhere. Formerly the Most Blonde of all goalies, an honor now claimed by Tommy Salo, Rhodes is now known as Mayor McCheese after failing his physical for Florida. This Rhodes Scholar is now team-less after a less-than-stellar season with Atlanta in which he lost the starting job to Milan Hnilicka (hit the Rhodes, pal) and went a miserable 2-10-1 with a 4.00 GAA. Can’t win many games giving up four pots, folks, unless you play for the CIDHL (Career Is Dead Hockey League). Can’t win many when you don’t even get past the doctor’s office on your way to the ice, either. Oh, the Rhodes less traveled … this guy is at a cross-Rhodes in his life … OK, we’ll stop now.

4. Ron Tugnutt, Dallas. At least he had that one great season. Ronnie Tugnutt posted a league-best 1.79 GAA and terrific 22-10-8 record with the Senators in 1998-99, and made the All-Star team. Cherish those memories, Nut-tugger. In Dallas Ronnie T. will chiefly be around to instruct the impressionable Marty Turco and clean up those dirty towels after practice. Let’s face it, if Tugnutt were a quarterback, they’d have his clipboard bronzed. Dallas should be the last stop in a long career that saw Tugnutt post a career 3.10 GAA and 168-222-57 record.

3. Jeff Hackett, Montreal. Woe is the old man in Montreal, who lost his starting job to a kid who then went on to win the Vezina and Hart trophies. Couldn’t Hack-it, eh Jeff? Ha, ha. Ahem. Hackett was acquired by Les Habitants in a trade from Chicago in 1999, and in his first full year went 23-25-7 … OK, not so bad, considering the state of the Canadiens at the time. But that’s when it started to sour for the veteran twine-minder, as a succession of injuries and the consistently improved play of a youngster named Theodore put Hackett on the backburner. In 2000-01 he logged only 998 minutes and posted a stinky 3.25, then followed with 717 minutes and a 3.28 last year. The clock is ticking on Hackett’s career, as maladies in his hand, shoulder, back and neck have people in the Great White North wondering if their precious health care system can withstand this much work.

2. Trevor Kidd, Toronto. Imagine what will happen if Eddie Belfour is a bust in Toronto and the Leafs actually have to rely on Kidd for more than a game or two a month. The columnists will be tearing out their mustaches vilifying this guy. Pat Quinn’s theory must be that two aging, ineffective goalies are the same as one good one (i.e. the departed Curtis Joseph). Is he in for a surprise. Eddie the Eagle came close to making this list himself – there were just too many candidates – but we couldn’t leave Trevor out, not if we value our reputations as the most astute hockey critics in North America, Japan and the Fiji Islands. Kidd is a prime example of a goalie having one great year – 1997-98 with Carolina, in which he posted a 2.17 GAA – and translating that into several years of lucrative contracts with duped general managers. The Panthers were the latest victims, signing Kidd in 1999 and watching his GAA swell into Tim Cheveldae territory (2.63, 3.31, 3.21 in the last three years). In 10 seasons in the league Kidd has a 128-147-48 record with a 2.81 goals-against … and he hasn’t played a playoff game since 1996 when he gave up nine goals in two outings for the Flames. Somebody in Toronto better put a magic charm on Eddie’s sore back or there’s going to be more wailing north of the border … mostly from the sirens behind Kidd’s net.

1. Mike Richter, NY Rangers. The Rangers keep signing this guy, and they keep wondering why they can’t make the postseason with the largest payroll in the league. Richter is like a sieve with pads – and a broken one at that. Let’s go down the injury list over the last three years: injured back, October 1999; sprained left knee, February 2000; re-injured left knee, February 2000; re-injured same left knee, March 2000; re-injured same damn left knee (couldn’t take a hint), March 2000; underwent knee surgery, missed start of 2001; tore anterior cruciate ligament in right knee (the one not made of plastic), missed remainder of season, February 2001; suffered slight skull fracture, missed remainder of season, March 2002. Meanwhile, his numbers have never been very good. His best season by far in terms of GAA was 1994, when the Rangers won the Cup and he had a 2.57 in the regular season and 2.07 in the playoffs. Since then, he was pretty steadily in the 2.60-range until the last three years when he jumped to 2.87, 3.00 and 3.00 … Highlight reels of great goals seem always to include several shots of Richter getting embarrassed by a sniper of European extraction, or flopping around like a fish to turn a harmless centering feed into an unexpected goal. It’s not that Richter is a horrible goalie so much as he’s stunningly average and gets a lot more credit than he deserves, because he won a World Cup (1996) and Stanley Cup and happens to hail from America. The sooner New York realizes this, the sooner they’ll have a chance at a serious playoff run.


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