Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Kings of the cage

So far this season, it seems to me that more than a few NHL teams are employing a $500,000 bench-door opener as their backup netminder.

In New Jersey, Vancouver and Calgary, the team's second goaltender remains as faceless as the NBA owners not named Mark Cuban, stepping out into the crease's blue paint with an amazing infrequency. And while the starters might not quite match Grant Fuhr's 79-game performance from yesteryear, there's a chance it could be mighty close.

Here's a look at Globe on Hockey at the percentage of minutes netminders have played for their teams so far.


At 3:57 p.m., January 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I brought this up for discusion on chompboard and peterboroughpete suggested looking at games played in the regualr season by the #1 goalie for the Stanley cup winner. And posted up the list below.

Here's a real quick look of the guy in net during the Finals on the cup winner and how many they played during the season
2004-05 Ward 28
2003-04 Khabibulin 55
2002-03 Brodeur 73
2001-02 Hasek 65
2000-01 Roy 62
1999-00 Brodeur 72
1998-99 Belfour 61
1997-98 Osgood 64
1996-97 Vernon 33
1995-96 Roy 61
1994-95 Brodeur 40 Lockout year half season
1993-94 Richter 68
1992-93 Roy 62
1991-92 Barrasso 57 injuried, family issue
1990-91 Barrasso 48 injuried, family issue
1989-90 Ranford 56
1988-89 Vernon 52
1987-88 Fuhr 75

Don't forget to drop by Pete's Blog:

At 3:01 a.m., January 11, 2007, Anonymous Kit said...

I'd hardly call Mason the Predators' starting goaltender. While Vokoun is injured he's been assuming that role, but he's still interminably the backup.

Judging by this report, Vokoun is very much unhappy to be considered anything less than sole starter.

At 12:00 p.m., January 11, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Agreed on Mason/Vokoun, but for the purposes of that chart, the netminder with the most minutes played this season is the 'starter'.

What I'm trying to get at is how coaches are using their netminders, and point out how vast the difference between, say, Brodeur and what they're doing in San Jose.


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