Congratulations are definitely in order for Mr. Martin Brodeur who tied Patrick Roy’s record for most wins by a goalie. (551)
Not only did Marty get to tie his childhood idol’s record he did it in front of Roy and the habitant faithful. The New Jersey legend and future hall of famer has another record in sights as he needs only 3 more shut outs to tie Terry Sawchuk’s record of 103.
Due to all the Marty talk of late there has definitely been the serious re-emergence of the age old question who is better: Roy or Brodeur. It used to be an easy reply, Roy of course! Now the query has a bit of a dilemna to it. Sure Roy has one more ring than Brodeur but the way Marty has been playing since the return from his injury this year he may tie that one up too.
With the 2009 trade deadline literally hours away Bryan Murray has already been busy getting ready for the re-tooling of his team. Martin Gerber was once again placed on waivers and joining him on the wire is defenseman Brendan Bell.
The Ottawa camp has been trying its best to also get pending free agents, Chris Neil and Filip Kuba signed.. The two veterans must be either dealt or signed before Mr. Murray runs the risk of letting two potentially market friendly players walk for nothing come July.
In my opinion I don’t really see either of these guys resigning unless they can agree to what they are actually worth. I can’t understand why Chris Neil believes he can nearly double his salary after having the crummiest of seasons, including an injury that has seen him miss some critical match ups of late.
As for Filip Kuba the team would be better off with him than without him granted he too can agree to terms that are not going to push Ottawa over the cap edge.
Regardless by this time tomorrow the Senators will have had their first taste of being sellers in over 11 years. Will it be a fast turn around next year that will see Ottawa back in the play off race or will it take some time to get back on track?
I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical in thinking that Elliott would stay up in the bigs for the remainder of the season. His play, however, has shown even the cruelest pundits that he has every right to be the Senators starter this year and arguably next year as well.
He is 4-0 on the road and boasts a save percentage of .921 and a goals against average of 2.31 in 12 starts that have seen him go 7-3-2 in that span.
His excellent efforts matched with the approach of new coach Cory Clouston have energized the Senators to play the game we all know they can and should.
Now that being said do you think that his efforts, should they continue earn him a crack at the Calder. Some may say yes!
From the get go there was the Mats Sundin saga in which we all stood by for 9 months awaiting the decision of the 37 year old former leaf captain. We all know what happened there, we read dumb article after dumb article and tried in our best hockey knowledge to guess where he would sign and when. Days turned to weeks and weeks into painful months of brutal media hype. Now Sundin has taken his place back in the NHL and apparently got on the horn to all the retirement villas in the hockey world.
Yes. it is the year of the returning “retired” star.
Claude Lemieux was well into his retirement when he decided he still had the desire to play, so he laced them up in Worchester in hopes of being called up to their affiliate the San Jose Sharks who just happen to be playing the best damn hockey of their existence. Well that vision has become a reality and the big club called up the old wiley veteran yesterday in hopes of him giving the Sharks that tough edge Claude has been known for in the past. And by past I mean like 1980’s.
Then we come to Peter Forsberg. Ok so he has not really officially retired but he has been on the shelf indefinitely for the last few seasons. Nagging injuries have sidelined him for the majority of the past few years subsiding long enough to claim 2/3 into a schedule that he is wanting to return and sign with anyone. Any team would be happy to have Forsberg but the problem here is there is a reason he is not playing the whole year, he simply can not. Like Claude, he has a burning passion to win that rages on within him ,but unfortunately doesn’t really get to make it happen as big as everyone anticipates. The coming days will most likely reveal if Foppa shall find his way back.
Last but not least there is Mr. Brendan Shanahan a true warrior and natural point scorer. Shanny was not even resigned after becoming a free agent last year in New York. The club sort of just forgot about him and after months of no signing I started to wonder if he would ever skate again. It made no sense he was still good for just under a point a game last season. So why no takers? Well finally almost 5 months into the 09 schedule the New Jersey Devils took a chance and signed the Wheaties champion for a mere $800,000. A steal in my opinion and hey guess what? He scored in his first game.
It will be very interesting to see at the end of the year which old man has had the biggest impact in their not so triumphant return.
Check out this awesome wallpaper made during Brian’s reign between the pipes at the University of Wisconsin.
Brian has the heart of a champion and the skill to match. The former Badger has been great in his first two starts and pretty much has claimed the starting role for now. The only problem is this is coming a little too late. Ottawa needs to realize that going on a mediocre winning streak right now can be potentially lethal to the organization. Sure it would be nice to finally see a competent goaltender backstopping our team in the right direction but the more we improve at this point the further we are from a sweet draft pick! So the question is this…
After months of rumours, speculation and horribly written articles the day has finally come. Mats Sundin has decided where he will play the remainder of the season….
That team is the Vancouver Canucks.
There is no real surprise here as the Canucks presented the most lucrative deal to Mr. Sundin and his agent J.P. barry. Sundin was quoted as saying money was not the issue in his long decision process, however it has become evident that no one else could clear enough cap space to make room for the old Swede. The New York Rangers reportedly failed in a vain attempt that would have sent Avery from the Dallas Stars back to NY for Rosival and a conditional pick. Apparently the Stars pulled out when they were told they could not have Dubinsky too.
The monetary details of the contract have not been released as of yet but I understand that NY offered as high as 7.5 a year to no avail and we all know Vancouver was willing to put up 20 million for two years. You do the math!
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who exited Saturday’s 3-1 win over Pittsburgh early in the first period with a suspected groin injury, will miss four to five weeks of action, his agent Gilles Lupien told cyberpresse.ca.