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Crashing the Crease: Tools of the Trade

This week’s installment of Crashing the Crease is about the gear we use as goalies that seems to entitle the public to the criticism and bad goals that everyone loves (the title wasn’t self-referencing, despite what my teammates may say). For those who haven’t put on the pads before or have done so incorrectly, this should serve as a primer on what it is we wear and hopefully provide some insight should you decide to don the gear. I’ll address some of the manufacturers and tweaks guys have made to their gear in a later post. Because goalies are creatures …

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Crashing the Crease: Window of Opportunity

Pardon my cliché-ness, but I’m going to start with a quote this week. When a door closes, a window opens. In my mind, this statement embodies the goaltending position. The entire point of the game culminates in beating the goalie, yet 90-plus percent of the time, the goalie prevails at the NHL level. As the art of goaltending has progressed into a science, we’ve seen goalies get better, average save percentages rise and strategies and rules put in place to effectively limit the goalie’s impact. I’d say that a majority of the new rules put in place for this purpose …

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A look around the Atlantic Division

By now, we know that the Flyers have “struck out” on all big free-agent items and failed to acquire Shea Weber. Right now, if you had to grade the Flyers offseason, what would you give them? Furthermore, what grade would you give the rest of the Flyers’ Atlantic Division foes? Let’s take a look at the rest of the division’s key acquisitions and losses, and where each of its member teams stand thus far through the end of free agency. New York Rangers Key Additions: F Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, Arron Asham. Key Losses: F Brandon Prust, F Brandon Dubinsky, …

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Crashing the Crease: A Tale of Two Bryzies

Goalies, by and large, are fragile.  As you look at more elite goalies, you see that they’re able to better overcome this inherent fragility, but even the best out there have developed coping mechanisms for the rigors of the position. “Routines” or “rituals,” as you’ll hear them called, are euphemisms for superstitious routines that let goalies exert a sense of ownership and control over a situation that is essentially dictating their activities.  Patrick Roy talked to his posts and skipped over the red and blue lines on the ice.  Braden Holtby, the Caps’ rookie netminder, was known for a “one-for-you, …

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On Drafting Defenseman

The 2012 draft is days away and Flyers fans have been discussing draft strategy for the first round. What should the Flyers do? The general consensus seems to be that they need to draft a defenseman in the first round and anything else is disappointing. There has also been lots of talk on whether or not the Flyers should move up to draft one of the higher ranked defenders. Most specifically, Ryan Murray, who will likely be selected second. I’ve seen someone go as far as suggesting a trade of James van Riemsdyk, Andrej Meszaros, Sergei Bobrovsky, and a first-round …