Whether you are in a keeper league or a one-year league, knowing who the reliable elite goaltenders are is often a must. Since last season it seems apparent that there is a switch in which generation of netminders should be considered the top tier of pack. It was not long ago the best goaltenders in the league were regarded as being Ryan Miller (now 32), Ilya Bryzgalov (now 32), Miikka Kiprusoff (now 35), Niklas Backstrom (now 34), Roberto Luongo (now 33), and Martin Brodeur (now 40) among others.
Originally posted on The Hockey Writers
The fantasy hockey draft season is fast approaching. It is the time of year to set your keeper players, pick up the latest edition of your favorite magazine and start scouring for that pool buster pick. The ever elusive pick which will make you the envy of your peers and elevate you to the stature of equally liked hockey minded greats such as Bob Mackenzie, Scotty Bowman, and Ken Holland.
Most hockey fans realize that a quality goaltender is an important piece to any success both for actual NHL teams and in fantasy hockey. Stability in net is a key to nearly every team that reaches the elite level of play.
A few friendly conversations with FHC's own Kevin Gesterling had me thinking about how we as fans and as fantasy GMs assess netminders. We all have the same statistics from the same players to judge but come to different conclusions.
Here are mine about
With most of the big free agents off the market, save names such as Alex Semin and Shane Doan, the focus of many hockey prognosticators now shifts towards the regular season.
While plenty can still happen between now and puck drop, it's really never too early to start taking a stab at where off-season jostling should land teams within the standings.
This weekend, [I]Boom City[/I] takes a good long look at the [B]Eastern Conference[/B].
Updated 07-15-2012 at 14:49 by Assistant Coach Rocca
[ATTACH=CONFIG]857[/ATTACH][B]Bob Hartley[/B] was appointed to the helm of the [B]Calgary Flames[/B] ship on May 31.
My first thought was: what will this mean for Calgary's on-ice style of play?
For years the Flames have played a slow-paced, cautious style of hockey under the tutelage of previous coaches [B]Brent Sutter, Mike Keenan and Jim Playfair[/B]. Some years, this provided the team with moderate success but in recent years, it brought nothing but heartbreak as the