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Report: Vast majority of starting goaltenders haven’t found work during lockout

Nov 12, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

Devan Dubnyk

If the lockout ends soon, we might see an increase in scoring — and not because of any rule change.

Roughly two-thirds of projected NHL starting goaltenders haven’t found a temporary team to play for during the lockout, according to an Edmonton Journal report. That might leave them rusty compared to the NHL’s superstar forwards, many of whom are staying sharp by playing in Europe.

To make matters worse for the netminders, if we get a new CBA soon, they might be asked to jump straight into the regular season before even getting a chance to participate in a single preseason game.

“When we get this resolved, I won’t have much time to get comfortable,” Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. “I’ve never gone this long without playing. I’ve been trying to get a job in Europe for a while. Last week, I was packed up and ready to go and then it fell through at the last minute.”

For now, guys like Dubnyk will attempt to stay sharp by participating in player-run practices, but as Dubnyk pointed out, that can only take netminders so far.

  1. boltsfan777 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    We always need goalies at the Clearwater Ice Arena (FL) for our adult hockey clinic and pickup games. Come on down and enjoy the winter weather.

    • boltsfan777 - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      (BTW, goalies play for free)

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      With all the advancements in player equipment the league should be able to reduce goalie padding to what it was before it ballooned into an outfit reminiscent of the michelin man.

      I want to see skilled goaltending. Rusty goalies don’t impress me, or entertain me. And, if the goalie is stopping shots because his equipment is oversized, he doesn’t deserve to making those saves anyway.

      Skill, Goals, and CLEAN open ice hits are what make hockey great. Rusty goal tenderig, Bush league clutching/grabbing, and goon style tatics do nothing but reduce the game to hack job.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        The position has evolved to an unimaginable level today; the guys playing in the league now have had goaltending-specific coaching since mites. If you think these goalies aren’t skilled you’re watching a far different game than the rest of us.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        I never said NHL level goaltenders weren’t skilled but if you think 1.5 GAA numbers are based on skilled goaltending your head is either in the sand, or you’re naive.

        I’d rather see an honest 2.5 to 3.0 GAA with normal size equipment and padding than 1.5 GAA with balloon size equipment. It’s the equaivalent of cheating.

        And if you’re counter to that argument is the players enhanced sticks I’m more than willing to go back to wooden stickes. Doing so would probably reduce some injuries from blocking shots anyway.

  2. sportsfan69 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    You really showing who’s the boss now. Game checks lost so far, a minimum of 22 games and counting. But, we’re showing them (the owners) up. In October, the NHLPA could have taken a 12 percent pay cut a from full season salary or now has to take a 25 percent loss of salary. I’m not a mathematician, sure looks like the players are very stupid and stubborn to hold out. Loss income forever. Boy, I wish had the opportunity to make millions of dollars, I wouldn’t be an idiot.

    • trick9 - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Actually, you are an idiot.

      I find it extremely stupid for fans to have big issues about the players making so much money when at the same time they are themselves carrying the money to them all they can. Don’t want players to make that much? Easy solution available. 1) Stop buying merchandise stuff and buy less tickets and watch the games on TV. 2) Keep carrying the money to them and shut up, you will just make yourself look like an idiot.

      And just to clear it to you, that players are getting that same loss each year. So 12% you mentioned would be much bigger assuming the deal is for 5-7 years.

      And to finish it, you had a chance to make millions. It doesn’t necessarily born talent to make it to the NHL. Teams are full of players that have just worked their way up to where they are now. Brandon Prust is one good example. He didn’t just sit on the couch all days and suddenly realise that he is a good hockey player, they have trained day after day for decades.

  3. valoisvipers - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Cry me a river.

  4. sportsfan69 - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Oh my, we’ve struck a nerve. Get use to working a real life job with no guaranteed contracts. When the hockey season is cancelled, you can come work with us common people, working 40-50 hours per week with no guarantees, performance base driven. I’ll trade with you, with your horrible financial job position. Anytime. What employable job skills do you have other than hockey? Hum. That’s why are your locked out. No sense real life reality or common sense. I will boycott buying your crap. At least, I’m not stealing jobs away from European hockey players.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      How terrible is your life? There are lots of great jobs out there, with guaranteed pay, contracts, etc… Are you mad at Ivy league graduates who have amazing jobs too? Life isn’t fair, just because you have an awful job, doesn’t mean everyone else has to

    • trick9 - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      Ignored my point then?

      You could trade positions with NHL player but the fact is that you would be sacked the first moment they see you, because you haven’t trained at all to get there.

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