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PHT Morning Skate: Yzerman expresses concerns about Canadian goaltending

May 31, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly close to inking 20-year-old defenseman Maxim Lamarche. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Steve Yzerman is worried about the quality of Canadian goaltenders. He thinks Canada needs to take some lessons from European countries. When asked about the CHL reportedly considering a ban on European goaltenders, Yzerman avoided directly supporting or opposing the idea. (Toronto Star)

The Tampa Bay Lightning anticipate that the NHL realignment will make it harder for them to make the playoffs. Turner Batten argued it will also mean that “any success the Lightning endures from now on will not be swept under the rug with regards to the national spotlight.” (

With Robyn Regehr inked, the Los Angeles Kings might opt to let defenseman Rob Scuderi walk as an unrestricted free agent. (LA Kings Insider)

Reebok-CCM has inked equipment deals with top 2013 Draft prospects Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon, and Jonathan Drouin. (Ottawa Citizen)

Valtteri Filppula will need six-to-eight weeks to recover from his high-ankle sprain. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. (Detroit News)

As far as Kings coach Darryl Sutter is concerned, every team prepared well in advance for the possibility of facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. (LA Kings Insider)

  1. alicesrightfootesq - May 31, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Cam Ward + Mike Smith.

  2. gospitfires - May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    sweeden with lunquist
    US with quick, howard, miller
    finland with niemi, raask, rinner
    russia with bobrovsky

    leaving canada with at best the 5th best goaltending. Price will start, with mike smith and Cam Ward the obvious backup choices, and for the third guy to learn and not suit up, id run with holtby.

    • cweez2 - May 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      I’d agree on Quick for the US. I’m leaning more toward Anderson over Miller at this time. Anderson would be my #2 if not for Howard’s play recently. Don’t forget Ben Bishop and despite his age, John Gibson. In fact, because of his international experience, I’d go with Gibson as the #2. In short, the US is *deep* at goal. They’ll need it.

      With Canada, I’m surprised nobody’s put Brian Elliot’s name in the mix. My money is actually on Holtby or Smith right now until it’s confirmed Price has healed up.

      • rickchablis - May 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        The U.S. has an embarrassment of riches between the pipes going into the next Olympics.

        Schneider? Quick? Miller? Howard? Thomas? Anderson?

        All excellent choices.

        On the other skate, Canada has literally nothing.

        If Devan Dubnyk and Mike Smith are the best we can do, We’re hosed. Crawford is okay, but really just barely. Fleury is a sieve, Brodeur is too old… Same with Elliott & Ward. Price is inconsitent (read: “bum”). Reimer? (Don’t make me laugh.) That leaves Luongo (gimme a break) and Ray Emery (Meh – maybe as a back-up… at best.)

        Face it – Hockey Canada needs to work on developing better net minders for the future. Yzerman is correct.

    • buckeye044 - May 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      For some reason, the Russians seem to be more in favor of Bryz over Bobs. I can’t figure why.

    • blackfoot11 - May 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Adds to gospitfires list:

      Finland: Renne and Backstrom
      Russia: Varlamov behind Bob.
      Sweeden: Viktor Fasth along with Lunqvist

  3. ddavis83 - May 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Yzerman should worry more about the revolving door of goaltenders for the club that actually pays his salary first.

    • rickchablis - May 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      What? He’s not allowed to think about anything else? Rubbish.

  4. rickchablis - May 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    ABSOLUTELY right – I was just thinking the same thing. From his ears to the powers that be!

  5. devilsarethebest - May 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Damn it, give Marty a chance. I’m almost positive he’ll crack the roster.

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