Stacking the Pads

Just the tip of the goalie news iceberg

28 September 2006

Who's the best in the net?

Alan Muir of gives us his list of the best netminders as of opening night this season. The usual suspects are there, but there is a surprise or two.

And what the heck is happening in Sweden? Linköping and Frölunda, who finished 2nd and 3rd last year, are in 10th and 11th places, respectively. Frölunda's record is atrocious: 0-3-2 after being soundly beaten by HV71 today by a score of 6-1. I've watched several video clips of their games and find myself wondering if someone put a Salo jersey on some random guy off the street and put him in net. There is no way Salo played this poorly last year, not with the success the team had. Looking only at the scores of the games, I thought maybe the defense is porous this year. But the video shows sloppy positioning and terrible reaction time on his part. What's happened? He's no spring chicken at 35 years of age, but there has to be something going on for there to be such a dramatic difference between this season and last. HV hasn't been faring much better, but they finally leapt ahead of the pack of "former-winners in the basement" today with their victory over the Indians, putting them in 8th place. Ooooooh, look out, here they come now!


  • At 3:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey what goes up, must come down - plus its a bit early to think 5 games will dictate a season.

    I know you're jonesing for hockey, Stacker, but don't put too much emphasis on a stumble or two getting out of the gate. There is a lot of hockey left to be played in Sweden.



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