Jake Allen will not be the savior and he is the first to admit it.
We are not replacing Carey Price.
And Allen doesn’t have the resources of his teammate.
Does this mean that the Canadian and the Jeff Gorton/Kent Hughes duo should immediately start looking for a top goalkeeper?
They must do it, but without rushing anything.
Either way, there are no gatekeepers in the market capable of exerting the impact that Price had within the organization.
The Canadian will have to find and develop a goalkeeper who will turn the tide. For now, Allen’s role is to protect the fort. And, the Canadian’s decision-makers, in the current context, must also give Cayden Primeau and Samuel Montembeaut a chance to stand out and do so convincingly.
We must always keep in mind that a recovery plan is very often based on the performance of a goalkeeper.
Would the Rangers have progressed so quickly without Igor Shesterkin, the quintessential goalie on a $5,666,667 contract for three more seasons?
The Tampa Bay Lightning grew faster than expected with a goalkeeper like Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Top level gatekeepers are very often the lifeblood of any good development program.
Jake Allen can’t tell the difference, but for now he wants to be an alternative to Coach. He is a good veteran, highly respected by his teammates, a goalkeeper who will take advantage of his resources in every game.
One can always wonder about the long negotiations between the Dallas Stars and goalie Jake Oettinger. Why did he wait so long before agreeing to the guard’s demands?
Simply because CEOs are increasingly reluctant to award big contracts to a goalie or a skater who has just had a spectacular first season.
Jake Oettinger scared the Calgary Flames last spring. His team lost in seven games.
How will you react now? Can he repeat his exploits from last year?
We hope so because the Stars have two players playing on contracts approaching $10 million per season: Jamie Ben ($9.5 million) and Tyler Seguin ($9.85 million). Two veterans who have not had an impact on their training for two years.
Also, Jason Robertson, 41 goals last year, by far their most productive striker, has yet to renew his contract for next season. The Stars only have $7 million left to spend…
So JT Miller was able to convince Vancouver Canucks executives that he could make a difference. At age 29, he was awarded a seven-year contract at $8 million per season.
A risk ? In the current context, it is a good investment. After all, he was the great leader of his squad last year. And let’s not forget that in the coming seasons the salary cap should increase significantly…
Henderson: the hero
Should we take advantage of the 50me anniversary of the Super Series to acknowledge that Paul Henderson, scorer of the three game-winning goals in the last three games played in Moscow, deserves his place in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
The debate has been going on for several years.
During my years as a member of the selection committee, each season, Henderson’s name fueled our discussions.
He had a great career in the National League, but not enough to earn a place in the Hall of Fame.
The question was then: should we make room for him after his incredible feat in the Series of the Century?
Serge Savard, a former member of the selection committee, said on the airwaves of 91.9 Sports on Friday that he wants the members to grant him this privilege.
I admit that after all these years, I asked myself a question.
What impact has it had on the National League? It’s not enough to get a spot in the Hall of Fame.
However, what impact has it had on your sport?
His three goals in 1972 made hockey history, so his induction shouldn’t cause too much controversy…
I imagine advisers to Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman took various notes on the information from Dallas and the negotiations involving the Stars and Jake Oettinger.
Four million dollars a season is very attractive for a player with only two years of experience. Something that makes Don Sweeney shiver…
Kane and Toews listening
The names of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews circulate around the league. There is speculation as to whether the two veterans will demand to leave the organization following the changes made by new general manager Kyle Davidson.
Now the latter says that he has had several meetings with the two veterans and “I sincerely believe that they have accepted our recovery project and say that they are very happy to be at the center of discussions about our business model.”
That is an interesting comment. Both players are happy, but if Davidson ever gets a tempting offer, we can be sure Toews and Kane won’t say no to going with a top team…
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