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Jettison Kevin Weekes, name Henrik Lundqvist the No. 1
The Rangers, after leading the Atlantic division for three months have seen the Flyers pass them in the standings -- including suffering a shocking defeat in overtime last night, seven seconds into the period.

Just as I was about to slip away to get some more soda, I watched in disbelief as Weekes misplayed a Simon Gagne tip in -- a goal any decent netminder could have stopped.

Which leads me to believe this should really be the last time we should hear from Kevin. He's a real nice guy -- well spoken and eloquent, but the best goalie on Broadway is the Swedish rookie, Henrik Lundqvist -- whom is having a far more superior year (14-5-5, 2.14 GAA, .925 save %) compared than the latter (8-7-2, 3.05 GAA, .888 save %).

We know Weekes was brought in to be the No. 1 prior to the season, but that love fest should be over now. Give Lundqvist the reigns of the job already and stop the madness of evenly distributing the starts in Tom Renney's goalie-by-committee system.

Posted by Kenny at 1/6/2006 10:34:00 AM
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Marty Turco
So the Dallas Stars made a committment to Marty Turco, who was due to be a free agent this summer. Was it a good signing?

He's undoubtedly proven himself in the regular season, having been among the league elites since taking over for Ed Belfour. But he's won just one series in his career in the postseason in three chances (and still has yet to beat Detroit in the regular season), and his play has largely been responsible for Dallas' failures in the postseason. Yes, JS Giguere was playing in another league that year with Anaheim, but the bottom line was that Dallas was tied or had a lead in every one of the six games that year with less than five minutes remaining, and wound up losing four of those games.

That's when you want your goalie to step up and make the big save, and Turco has yet to do it despite a reputation for doing so at Michigan during his college days.

The market was set for free agent goalies when Khabibulin signed a four-year, $27 million contract, so getting Turco at a million dollar per year discount is good by comparison (though Khabibulin's Cup win certaintly added value to his contract).

Dallas is paying Turco to carry them to a Cup victory, but he has to prove he's worth the money startng this April.

Posted by djbrown at 1/6/2006 6:29:00 AM

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Russian Roulette: Why Mogilny may be bound for South Florida
The Florida Panthers landed their share of veterans last summer (Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Martin Gelinas, Jozef Stumpel, Chris Gratton ... Sean Hill in summer 2004), but Alexander Mogilny was the one that got away. The Panthers have gone through a bit of an overhaul since, trading away a couple of forwards while getting only a defenseman in return. That lack of depth up front really rears its ugly head when injuries pile up ... blueliner Joel Kwiatkowski even plays the occasional shift on the wing. True, Mogilny's $3.5 contract is steep, but the Panthers have more room under the cap than they have over it (that is to say they're closer to league's minimum payroll). It seems only logical that Keenan will make a move for Mogilny, but perhaps the bigger question will be will any of the seven teams that have fewer points than the Panthers claim Mogilny first? Don't count on it. The key to Mogilny's contract is that it's for two years, meaning any team claiming him will have to eat a full $3.5 million next season on top of the roughly $1.75 million remaining on this year's part of the deal. The Panthers are so young, they have no salary cap worries ... even with the inevitably steep price tags that will be required to keep Olli Jokinen and Roberto Luongo. There are only a few more hours before we find out for sure.

Posted by Brandon at 1/5/2006 12:04:00 PM
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