Goaliepost Ramblings: Dec 5 2014

Dec 4th 2014, 10:22am EST

By Jason Banks

Happy December everyone,

By now we are all into the eighth week of fantasy and it is time to start solving major team problems, there have been several moves in the past few days that could throw Band-Aids on your goaltending problems or create some.

Up there with Josh Harding breaking his foot kicking a wall, Corey Crawford hurts his foot stumbling leaving a Rise Against concert. Let\'s start and end with, why was he at Rise Against? Can\'t he pick a better band to go see, several classic rock bands are back on the prowl the past few years touring. Anyway Chicago gets to run a few weeks with Antti Raanta and Scott Darling and see how they fair again. I mentioned last week there needs to be a culture change in the crease, and management needs to look around, currently they have an opportunity to look within.

Speaking of Josh Harding, Minnesota has been pondering what they will do with him. Somehow he passed through waivers and was assigned to the AHL, in his debut he stopped 50 shots, but allowed four goals also. Josh Harding healthy would improve several NHL teams at the very least backing up. It is likely he is dealt as Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom are currently getting the job done and Harding cannot be looked at as future help as his multiple sclerosis could take a turn for the worse at any time. At current face value, he is a quality NHL goalie who has talent here and now.

Martin Brodeur signed in St. Louis and \'will get starts\' according to management. Did anyone notice he gets $10,000 bonus for every \'standing point\' he earns? This means he is now the most motivated goalie in the NHL, because of that I wouldn\'t let him sit a game! These facts must stir up managers owning Jake Allen and Brian Elliott, \'sorry kid, we are gonna use the Legend for a while, learn what you can!\' Elliott when he returns becomes the expensive-expendable guy, with his savings and what space they currently have, the Blues could add 3.8 million in salary to add depth instead of Ryan Reaves, Chris Porter and Joakim Lindstrom.

Anaheim is trying out Ilya Bryzgalov, personally I feel this is a kind of Disney Magic! Bryz adds an element of life to this team\'s dressing room that is much needed for a team walking through the league right now. No pressure on anyone, allows John Gibson to get more #1 minutes in the AHL when he returns and/or you are creating a bargaining chip should Bryz show he is still at the level we think he is.

I hope somewhere the Oilers management are watching these situations like I am, cause they have no current reason to watch the mess they have assembled. Crawford, Harding, Elliott or even Bryz could give the team at least something to lean on for a bit.

As an owner of Karri Ramo, I am over the hills he pulled off a pair of shutouts last week, unfortunately I still lost in GAA and SV% categories in a battle of sub 1.80 and above .930 week between me and my contender. I now need to start playing with the idea of selling high. Ramo is unlikely to fully seize the starter\'s role from Jonas Hiller and likely will not ascend to a higher value until he is the undisputed highest talent on his current team, I don\'t see that ever happening. At 28 years old he has never flirted with this level in North America before and is arguably past his prime. With five straight wins, I guess I might hold out till he cools off and ride on for a bit. He is currently at a level where many hoped he would be 4-5 years ago in Tampa.

After discussing a bit on Anders Lindback last week and the whole team repeating poor showings allowing 15 goals in only a trio of games, Dallas has recalled Jussi Rynnas from the AHL to shake up the team that is not as bad as it is playing. Rynnas is 5-1-4 in the feeder league sporting a .913 SV%, he has an opportunity to carve out a job for himself here. Subsequently Lindback is on waivers and will look to rebuild his game or flee the continent, at 26 years old, I can\'t see this being the last time we hear about him.

After one of James Reimer\'s November collapses, I went on a Facebook rant about giving Jon Bernier the next 20 games. Well we are five games in only losing to Pittsburgh and stopping 92.3% of shots. I currently see no reason for seeing Reimer before December 18th or 20th (9-10 games from now)...

While touching on Toronto, The Marlies have designated former LA prospect Chris Gibson as the main guy right now. He isn\'t winning many games, but he has not allowed more than four goals since October. He has a 3-5-1 record while slashing 2.11 and .934. He has given up only 19 goals in those nine games while the team has only scored 17. Antoine Bibeau is seeing spot starts due to inconsistency, but should be noted as the better prospect.

After talking about poor backing up, how about Cam Talbot? He is not the best backup in the game, but he is starting to make a case with his second straight shutout. Talbot is kind of a guy that is just there, and behind King Hendrik that\'s all you need. Chad Johnson & Steve Valiquette were other barely NHL capable backups that have sat behind Lundqvist and collected pay checks. To Talbot\'s credit, he is the best of the trio, but I must give him some career advice, \'Don\'t ask for a larger role or large increase of salary, live and love the role you have. No one is coming to take it from you and the organization is not seeking a replacement, enjoy the gravy train!\'

Under the radar stuff now… Rob Zepp in his return to North America has won seven of the 12 games he has played and has a .921 SV%. His game translates well to whatever level and style of game is played and could spell sometime in the NHL, sooner than later if Ray Emery doesn\'t pick up his play. Emery is actually getting results when he is in the crease, but Ray himself doesn\'t look good. Back to Zepp, he won the German championship five of the six years he was there, and he is the first goalie I can remember as a team captain of the 2000-01 Plymouth Whalers, well before Roberto Luongo was tagged.

The New York Islanders are getting excellent showings from their goalie prospects from a few years ago, unfortunately none are in the NHL. Kevin Poulin after being relegated back to the AHL is playing some solid games, with that said he isn\'t really NHL worthy. Meanwhile Anders Nilsson is a top KHL tender while Mikko Koskinen is not far behind. Koskinen was the best talent of the group, but he didn\'t mesh well with life in North America, but at 26, we could see him again.

Yann Danis is back again, funny enough for the Anaheim affiliate during these injury woes. He is still playing decent hockey and has won three of his last four with a shutout and only giving up seven redlights.

Peter Budaj may need to retire quickly as he is yet to win in any of his seven results at the AHL level.

Sticking within Jet-land, I mentioned Connor Hellebuyck last week ascending, well watch for Jamie Phillips this spring. He is one of four NCAA products the Jets have put their fingers on lately. At Michigan Tech, Phillips is currently stopping pucks at a 94.3% rate and at 6\'3 looks projectable. His is another Caledonia, Ontario native showing some abilities in net. (see Cam Talbot)

Since we are surfing NCAA let me put this name on your radar, Adam Wilcox. Justin Goldman and I are trying to figure out what this guy will do in the spring. He is currently under the ownership of Tampa Bay as a 6th round draft choice and is currently having his worst year in the NCAA stopping a measly 91.9% of pucks after previous years of .921 and .932. Last year\'s Hobey Baker finalist could choose not to sign with the Lightning and become a Free Agent. The Minnesota native will have several teams lining up should he go that route and could approach Justin Schultz notoriety rather quickly.

A reason for the above statement is the big Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The organization is crowded with above average goaltending prospects but Vasilevskiy is the best of the bunch and will become an impact NHL goalie in the soon future. He is starting to get his grove on in the AHL with four wins in the last five games while giving up only 12 goals. Should he get to a dominating level where many expect him to be, he could bump Evgeni Nabokov from the backup role before the season is out and be pushing Ben Bishop right away.

Ken Appleby of the Oshawa Generals has only lost a pair of games in 20 appearances. Appleby ascended from 33rd to 27th amongst North American goalies last season and went unselected. At 6\'4 and playing this strong, someone has to be looking at him this summer.

Finally in World Junior news, Zach Fucale and Eric Comrie are the only goalies Canada has invited to World Junior camp so there is little for them to fight for. Comrie has played the best this season of them but Fucale has more noteriaty. Tristan Jarry and Philippe Desrosiers were the snuffs. Personally I\'d have pulled the ballsy more and left Fucale off the roster, light a fire under him.

Thacher Demko will start for the US, Brandon Halverson and Alex Nedeljkovic will battle to back him up. The trio were all selected in the 2nd round of last year\'s draft.

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By Jake Schenkman Reminder that the Sabres-Rangers game that was scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to the storm in Buffalo. As of now, there has been no make up date announced.
Nov 21st 2014, 1:11am EST
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Nov 20th 2014, 9:01am EST
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Nov 16th 2014, 11:37am EST
Throwback Thursday
We start off with the Varlamov and the Avs beating Lundqvist and the Rangers. I am kind of surprised with this as I thought the Rangers were turning it around and Lundqvist had his A game going but Varlamov was great in this one and pretty much stole the two points for the Avs.
Nov 14th 2014, 9:23am EST
Throwback Thursday
We start off with the Varlamov and the Avs beating Lundqvist and the Rangers. I am kind of surprised with this as I thought the Rangers were turning it around and Lundqvist had his A game going but Varlamov was great in this one and pretty much stole the two points for the Avs.
Nov 14th 2014, 9:22am EST
Tuesday Night Specials
By Jake Schenkman The Devils were led back in the win column by Schneider last night. After a couple bad games, he made at least four spectacular saves last night with helped them beat the Wild.
Nov 12th 2014, 9:19am EST
Monday Night Review
By Jake Schenkman Rask and the Bruins scored two late goals on Schneider in the second period to win this one. Schneider admittedly wasn't happy with his performance and there's a chance we see Kinkaid start tonight.
Nov 11th 2014, 9:56am EST
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Berra, Bobrovsky, and Braden
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On Steve Mason and Mike Smith
by Dobber For our new feature on Goalie Post, we've taken a page from DobberHockey and created a Ramblings. I'll weigh in with my thoughts, but you can also expect content from goalie expert Justin Goldman, as well as Goalie Post manager Jake (known as "smack" in the Forum).
Oct 11th 2014, 11:10am EDT
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Oct 10th 2014, 11:32pm EDT
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