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Six goalies in running for spots on U.S. Olympic team

Nov 23, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

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The New York Times reports that United States Olympic team GM David Poile confirmed that he’s identified six candidates to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics: Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider and Tim Thomas.

Poile said that the American hockey brass are “absolutely” working toward the trio that will take up the three roster spots, but it doesn’t appear that much is set in stone.

“I have an order today, but it might not be the final order,” Poile said. “It’s an ongoing situation. There’s no way we’re going to make the decision until Christmastime, and we’ve got a week after that.”

The Nashville Predators GM said that they look at stats “from save percentage to goal against, wins and losses,” but also consider a combination of a goalie’s entire body of work and current play.

So, basically, they look at everything that one would expect someone to consider when assessing Olympic goaltenders.

It could be an interesting race to watch. Who would be your No. 1 and who would make it to your top three?

(H/T to The Score.)

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    wasn’t mentioned, but the minor story here is the absence of Gibson from that list. makes sense though. good goalie but 1 AHLer in the group of 6 NHLers wasn’t gonna pan out … this year.

  2. lowenni - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    1. Schneider
    2. Miller
    3. Bishop

    Toss up between Miller and Schneider for starter, and it’s too hard to leave Bishop off as the third string with the way he’s been playing this year

  3. devilsarethebest - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    1. Miller for obvious reasons.
    2. Schneider
    3. Bishop assuming he keeps up his INSANE play, just good won’t cut it

  4. canucks30 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Jonathan Quick and Tim Thomas both have Conn Smythe Trophies and Stanley Cups.

    Just sayin.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Quick is of to another slow start (.905 save %, and now injured. I don’t see him coming back and showing enough improvement for the decision. Thomas is 39, and only has a .908.

      Bishop’s been a huge part of the Lightning’s turnaround, and he’s also 6’7″. He’s got the best save % of all the list.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      True, Quick and Thomas have nice trophies but then comes the old question…”what have you done for me lately?”

    • morehockeyplease - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Miller has a silver medal and an Olympic MVP.

  5. blastardo - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Why not Jono? Quick is top 3 for sure assuming he’s fit by Sochi. Thomas would need to have a great season up until Sochi to have a shot.

  6. muckleflugga - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    quick, miller, schneider

    howard…?

    roll up another one, just like the other one

  7. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Unfortunate thing for Team USA is that our neighbors to the north have 6 of the top 8 goalies so far this year. Finnland will also be very strong in net with Rask, Lehtonen and Niemi.

  8. badgerhockey77 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Hate to say it but Quick and the Kings are looking like a one-hit-wonder. Quick may not get his net back after he returns from injury. Scrivens with ANOTHER shutout today.

    • guitarhunterdude - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Quick might be, but the Kings are definitely not just a “one hit wonder.” You don’t just luck into that kind of puck possession.

      • shaundre93 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Yeah, the better Scrivens does the more you wonder how good Quick really is, and if its just great team D. Then again, maybe Scrivens is actually the goalie Burke thought he was. Pretty much impossible to truly know. That said, my G ranks:

        1) Miller (He’d have to lose the job in pool play)

        2) Bishop (Best American goalie to this point)

        3) Howard (Not having a good season, but theres gotta be a reason he keeps getting EVERY start when their other goalies have played real well)

        Schneider hasn’t been that good, Martys outplayed him

        Quick is a dark horse, depends on health and level of play upon return

        I really think Miller and Bishop have to be locks at this point with spot 3 up for grabs

  9. mclovinhockey - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Quick should be removed from the list… Mainly due to injury, if he comes back by the Olympics do you really want to toss him right out into a shark tank like that, or give him more time to recover and get back in shape?
    Thomas I always liked, but I don’t think he fits the bill any more.

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