We all know the tired saying, “your team will only go as far as your goaltender”. Well its true and I think just about all of us can agree on that. But which team has the best? Which team has the worst? I have taken the liberty of ranking all 30 teams based on goaltending from best to worst. In this article I look at teams #1-15 with article #16-30 to follow up later in the week. Backups do play into some ratings but obviously some teams like Vancouver and New Jersey need not worry of such things.
I’ve seen so many things being posted in other articles, small tidbits here and there, about the Rangers and small arguments and points made. I mean to respond to most of them… but I feel it’s better to collaberate my opinions into one post to cover many topics.
Ever since Gainey came to town, I have been reading the fans on the forum from RDS complain about him and everything from his inability to sign French players to his wardrobe. Well… that is to be expected, but I am quite shocked about the amount of Gainey bashing that is being done in this forum. People tend to think that hockey teams are built in 2 or 3 years, but that is not now, nor has it ever been the case. And you better believe that Bob Gainey knows it!
Alexei Yashin has gone home. The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.
According to TSN, Joni Pitkanen has agreed to a 1 year deal worth
$2.4 million. I was expecting a longer term for the contract, but signed pretty cheap and only received a $400,000 raise from last year.
It has been reported by TSN that former Leafs starting goalie Curtis Joseph ( Cujo) would like to come back to the Leafs, possibly to mentor the younger goalies.
Aebischer, 29, posted a 13-12-3 record with a 3.17 goals against average in 32 games with Montreal last season after being acquired from Colorado for Jose Theodore in March, 2006.
According to RDS.ca, Zigmund Palffy is now out of retirement and has signed a 1-year deal with Skalica of the Slovakia league.
Still according to RDS, Palffy does not exclude a return with the national Slovakia team.
John Ferguson J. announced Wednesday that the leafs have signed Jeremy Williams and Derrik Walser to two year contracts. And Alex Foster to a one year contract.
Petr Nedved has left the NHL. According to TSN he signed with Czech champion HC Sparta Prague on a one-year contract. Could we see more free agents doing the same?
The Pittsburgh Penguins have singed the 31 year old netminder, Ty Conklin.
The conract is a 1 year thing at 500,000$.
While playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres last year, he maintained a 3-5-1 record.