Veteran goaltenders Brodeur, Vokoun, more likely to be forced to retire than playing this season

 

VOKOUN, BRODEUR LOOK HEADED TOWARDS RETIREMENT Marty Brodeur received one official offer this summer all the way back on July 1, within the first 30 minutes of free agency. That offer came from the Pittsburgh Penguins, a one year contract in the neighborhood of $1.5 million but the two sides were unable to bridge a gap of over $1 million and Pittsburgh quickly moved on, agreeing to a one year deal with Thomas Greiss worth $1 million. It remains unclear what incentive the Penguins saw in trying to add Brodeur but the 42 year old whose play has severely declined the last two years, has claimed all summer he still wants to play, yet, his demands have been a contract of over $2.5 million and he only wants to join a contender. The Tampa Bay Lightning were also interested in Brodeur on July 1 but were turned away by theRead More »

KOVALCHUK OFFERS NJ NO GUARANTEES

 

The New Jersey Devils got Ilya Kovalchuk. OK, now what? One thing seems certain: The Devils join a long line of teams that think they have a 1-2 punch to match Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin just because they have two decent offensive threats. Kovalchuk and Zach Parise are good. Sid and Geno, they aren’t. Neither is as good as either. Where does Kovalchuk fit in with New Jersey’s regimented trapping system? Will he make it, or break it? Like-minded Marian Gaborik hated playing for Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota. Lemaire has decelerated Parise’s production this season. Who is Kovalchuk’s playmaking center? Travis Zajac? Jamie Langenbrunner? Please. Kovalchuk is a huge add on the power play. If you beat the Penguins on the power play – not exactly a daunting task – you can beat the Penguins, not that the Devils have had any trouble dealing with the Pens so farRead More »

Crosby, Fleury named to Team Canada

 

As expected goaltender Marc Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby were named to Team Canada today. Canada goes into the 2010 Winter Olympics as the favorites to win gold. Sidney Crosby was named an alternate captain. Penguins center Jordan Staal was not named to the team. “This is a pretty special honor. I’m pretty proud to be apart of it, ” Sidney Crosby said today on being selected to Team Canada. Team Canada Roster

Brodeur makes history as Devils shutout Penguins 4-0

 

Martin Brodeur broke Terry Sawchuk’s 40-year-old shutout record with his 104th career shutout Monday night as the New Jersey Devils (26-8-1) blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 for their third straight win against Pittsburgh this season. While Brodeur continues to entrench himself as arguably the greatest goaltender in the history of the game, the defending champs were over-matched against New Jersey for the third time this season. It has reached the point of concern as the Devils have quickly proved they are among the league’s best teams. The Devils transition game gave Pittsburgh fits Monday night just like it did in the two previous contests. New Jersey not Pittsburgh set the tone in the game and that’s been a common scene in all three games to this point. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has not found a way for the Penguins to combat the Devils tight defensive game in the neutralRead More »