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12:45

TheGoalieGuild: Not this season. Kings desperately need him. Jones has been struggling in the AHL and Mannino is not signed to an NHL contract. No idea where he's traded to ... the market will change and fluctuate as this season goes along.

12:45

Comment From Frim13

Dubnyk, Holtby, Lindback....in a keeper's who would you take first ?

12:47

TheGoalieGuild: Holtby, then Lindback, then Dubnyk. Holtby is super durable and best skill upside of the three. I'm not sure how Lindback carries a workload over 40 games, and Dubnyk still has some fragility in his inconsistent game over the course of a season. But Holtby brings the most confidence for me in terms of his ability to play at a high level for 60 games. Other two guys have to prove it to me.

12:47

Comment From That Guy

Please rank the following goalies in a one year league W/Save%/Saves/GAA: Anderson, Varlamov, Hiller, Pavelec

12:48

TheGoalieGuild: Varlamov, Hiller, Anderson, Pavelec. I think Varlamov is kind of like Rask ... coming over from Europe with a ton of skill, athleticism, confidence. Also keep in mind the importance of shootout wins in a condensed season, and nobody has a better shootout SV% than Varly last season. Hiller and Anderson could be swapped as the second guy to own...could give the edge to either guy.

12:48

Comment From Eric

Do you agree with the mid season draft rankings placing Zach Fucale on top north american goal tenders and who might he compare to ?

12:50

TheGoalieGuild: Absolutely. I can't compare Fucale to any NHL goalie right now because 1. I haven't seen him enough and 2. He is pretty unique. But if I had to choose someone, I would say Jonathan Bernier. Fucale is an inch or two taller, but both "smaller" goalies with excellent positioning and good instincts. They are both "quiet and calm" in their approach and don't over-move or over-slide. They are pretty economical and let plays and pucks come to them. But Fucale definitely the #1 goalie available this summer.

12:50

Comment From christap99

I picked quick and king henrik they both are awesome players

12:50

TheGoalieGuild: good job haha.

12:50

Comment From Yonald

Hey Justin, who would you rather own in a keeper league, Holtby or Lehner?

12:51

TheGoalieGuild: Would you rather have a million bucks right now or a million bucks in a year? Either way you can't lose with either of these guys. Holtby's time is right now. Lehner might have to wait another year, and needs to get Bishop out of the equation for him to soar.

12:51

Comment From christap99

nvm I have nothing to say it pretty much already on separate pages what I wanted to say anyways sorry goalieguild talk to you another time

12:51

Comment From SabreMatt

What's to come of Jonathan Bernier? I think he's an RFA at the end of the year. Trade bait for the Kings, or do they run the condensed season with 2 solid guys?

12:52

TheGoalieGuild: They run a condensed season with both and then re-evaluate the situation at the end of the season. Maybe an unreal trade opportunity comes up sooner. Maybe the Kings suffer a rough injury and are forced to look at trading Bernier. Anything can happen, but if things stay the same right now, they will need him to keep Quick rested and to solidify the most important season for having a good backup.

12:52

Comment From Guest

Will Mike Smith have similar numbers as last year, and will he continue to post same stats the next few years

12:54

TheGoalieGuild: I don't think he's going to be as statistically valuable as last season, but it's very easy to say that with the impact of the condensed schedule. I do think he will be comparable, however, and be very close to one of the Top-10 goalies to own in a one-year league. I think over the next few seasons he continues to prove what he did with PHX last year was no fluke, and his economy of movement, competitiveness, and defensive support under Tippett is why he'll continue to be a Top-10 guy pushing to be ranked a little higher.

12:54

Comment From paulieb

Are goalie tandems a good idea in a shortened fantasy season?

12:55

TheGoalieGuild: Yeah absolutely. Especially if you're looking at dominant teams like Boston, New York, Vancouver with Luongo/Schneider, Quick/Bernier. But at the same time, with such craziness taking place, how confident are you that there will be truly dominant teams this season?

12:55

Comment From Jay Banks

With Fasth, Nilstorp and Svedberg coming across this year, who do you feel will be the next diamonds from overseas?

12:56

TheGoalieGuild: Joacim Eriksson is at the top of my list because he's an UFA still....

12:57

TheGoalieGuild: Oh and I want to go back and answer that question about no-namers to store on your farm or whatever....

12:58

TheGoalieGuild: Luca Boltshauser is one name nobody is really familiar with. Reto Berra is another. Leonardo Genoni is another goalie in Switzerland. Stash Adam Wilcox as well. Zoltan Hetenyi.

12:58

TheGoalieGuild: For other gems from overseas ... don't lose sight of Daniel Larsson, Fredrik Pettersson Wentzel.

12:58

Comment From Guest

Some insights on WAS Sergei Kostenko? And how is he doing right now in the minors?

12:59

TheGoalieGuild: I don't know much about Kostenko, other than the Caps went out of their way to draft him last. He has gone through a really tough season. He had a shoulder injury, doesn't speak a lick of english, and didn't play his first pro game until last month, but he won it and actually had an assist. I think he's only played once or twice since then. Long term project for sure.

1:00

Comment From Kevin

Not a goalie skills/ranking question, but do you see Thomas playing as a starter somewhere next year?

1:01

TheGoalieGuild: No idea. Not even sure if, when he says he wants to play next year, he actually means it, and actually follows through. I think he's like Hasek in the sense that if anyone can take a year off and actually come back from it, he's one of them. But to say he's definitely going to be a starter next year is sheer speculation. I have no idea. I am not ready to say that, but I do believe a number of teams would be interested in his services.

1:01

Comment From Frim13

Funny question: Do you think Steve Mason will have a rebound and take Bob's spot as #1 ?

1:02

TheGoalieGuild: No but I do think that Mason has finally wisened up and matured. He lost 15 pounds and actually worked hard over the summer. I see Bobrovsky earning the starting role, but Mason proving that he too has matured, and thus turning into excellent trade bait. He's only 24 and has great size and skills, so I see him being scouted by other teams and columbus looking to move him. They'll have to move some goalies in the next few years with Dansk and Korpisalo developing.

1:02

Comment From Hawksfan

I am in a 16 team league.5/13 goalie cats. Just traded Theodore, Granlund & Hedman for Emery, Backes & Yandle to give me the Hawks tandem (also have Caps tandem). 2 tandems = 96 GS, sound reasoning?

1:02

TheGoalieGuild: I wouldn't touch the Hawks tandem with a 10-foot pole, to be honest.

1:04

TheGoalieGuild: I don't have a lot of confidence in Crawford as a starter and I'm worried about Emery holding up for more than a few games at a time with how much they have to travel and with 12 back-to-back games. Their lack of skill and experience in this type of situation keeps me away. Maybe they prove me wrong, but I can't say I am confident in that tandem at all. Probably one of the weakest ones in the leauge heading into the season.

1:04

Comment From Hawksfan

Using your #3 goalie theory, how many gms does Markstrom play? Theo and Clem are both mid 30's.......

1:06

TheGoalieGuild: Well, I think we first see how training camp goes. Things could happen there, like either of the old guys getting hurt. If he doesn't make the team coming out of camp, I still think he finds a way to play a handful...but no more than 5. It all depends on injury.

1:06

Comment From Guest

Does Bryz make it through the season in Philly? Will he play well?

1:07

TheGoalieGuild: Even though I know he's very skilled and on a solid team and will play a lot of games, and knowing he's likely a candidate to be a Top-10 fantasy goalie, I'm not personally getting anywhere near that guy. I have no confidence in him to be that Top-10 guy. He probably does have a decent season, but he could fall off the rails at any given moment. I don't trusth im.

1:07

TheGoalieGuild: I think he gets distracted WAY too easily. I think he slips into these very strange stretches of complete lackluster and disoriented and detached play, where his focus is clearly in the clouds. There are too many other more reliable goalies in his range that I'd rather own.

1:08

TheGoalieGuild: Hey dobber something popped up on my screen about the room reaching it's limit, but I only see 24 readers, and I'm not seeing anymore comments.

1:11

Comment From Potence

test!

1:12

TheGoalieGuild: Anyone out there? I don't know if CoverItLive has a limit on comments or not...haven't used this thing in a long time.

1:13

Comment From Kevin

Zatkoff and Jake Allen both have had some recent challenges...do you see their progression still on track, and do you see them as starters?

1:14

TheGoalieGuild: I don't see Zatkoff as an NHL starter, but a very serviceable backup. Jones I do believe has starter upside, but he needs to bounce back in a big way. There will be no silver platters for him since he was an undrafted prospect, but he's in the best possible system of development in LA. His game has already been bolstered by their goalie coaching by a severe degree ... how much further he can take it is really mostly in his head. But as of right now, yes I still feel Jones has starter upside.

1:14

Comment From Frim13

Vasilevski....best goalie of the future ? And when will he get to start in the NHL ?

1:15

TheGoalieGuild: Yeah one of the best for sure in terms of his age group. Always kind of question the Russian factor, but he sounds very committed to North America route. Tampa Bay has an insane amount of depth, but he's the goalie to own in that organization, and I think you're still going to need to be patient for at least another three years before he's pushing for a spot over there.

1:15

Comment From Jay Banks

With all the announcements from Justin Goldman Inc. this season, what's next with the Justin Goldman product?

1:16

TheGoalieGuild: selling everything and moving to switzerland and marrying the hottest girl i can find :P

1:17

TheGoalieGuild: But seriously, I have really enjoyed the transition to Minnestoa, and I am working on some actual goalie development programs here in the Twin Cities. If they work out over the summer, I'll probably dig my heels in and settle down out here.

1:17

TheGoalieGuild: .....and still marry the hottest girl I can find ;)

1:18

Comment From Jay Banks

selling your goalie pads won't buy you a Swiss Chalet!

1:18

Comment From Kevin

Appreciate the information about Jones in the Zatkoff question above, thought I asked about Jake Allen...what do you see for him?

1:19

TheGoalieGuild: OH WEIRD. I don't know how I read Allen as Martin Jones. Hang on haha.

1:21

TheGoalieGuild: Jake Allen is going through a few minor issues right now, namely and specifically with his glove hand. They are trying to improve that area. He has played better than the stats show in Peoria, but you're seeing McKenna play more games because I don't think the coaching staff is getting the type of play out of Allen they expect to see. So they are really hoping he elevates his game and grows into a guy that could push for an NHL gig next season. If he's not ready for that potential NHL backup role by next season, it's going to continue to hurt his upside. He is still a Top-25 prospect, but has ever so slowly been dropping 1-2 spots a month, then he'll move up a few, but always hovering in the mid-20 range. He needs to step up and step up soon. If the Blues had to recall a #3 goalie right now, it would probably actually be McKenna.

1:21

Comment From Kevin

though...not thought...sorry..

1:21

Comment From Kevin

It's ok, I hadn't thought much about Martin Jones before that...useful 9o:

1:21

TheGoalieGuild: So since I think we reached a limit on readers or comments or something, I'll post a few thoughts that you should keep in mind regarding goalies this season.

1:22

TheGoalieGuild: First of all, the lack of a routine could hurt some of the more inexperienced guys. For example, not every team is going to have their usual morning skates because of the condensed schedule. Goalies are creatures of habit, and some might struggle to be mentally prepared because their whole routine gets mangled at different points in the season.

1:23

TheGoalieGuild: This is part of the reason why I say experience is so freakin' massively important this season. The veteran guys like Theodore and Backstrom and Kiprusoff will have an easier time handling the chaos and unpredictability. The goalies "comfortable being uncomfortable" will have a better chance of being successful.

1:23

TheGoalieGuild: The only real veteran guy I don't see doing very well this season is Brodeur.

1:23

TheGoalieGuild: And Khabibulin...but he's not ready to go yet anyways.

1:25

TheGoalieGuild: I also am pretty low on Jimmy Howard as an elite fantasy goalie this season, and high on Jonas Gustavsson being a real good sleeper.

1:26

TheGoalieGuild: Howard has a massive adjustment to make in terms of losing Lidstrom, Stuart, Hudler, Holmstrom. More shots from the middle of the ice, more scoring opportunities. More pressure from Gustavsson.

1:27

TheGoalieGuild: Gustavsson actually gets an UPGRADE in the team around him. Way less pressure, way more opportunity to play relaxed and focused, and should have had plenty of time during the lockout to get away from the rigid system Allaire teaches, and play a more natural style with Bedard and Osgood working with him.

1:27

TheGoalieGuild: Those are all pretty significant changes for two guys that are now fighting for playing time. I like Gustavsson even though everyone else seems to hate him. I'll stick by him being a good sleeper and I even have a bet with a Leafs blogger that he posts a .915 SV% or above.

1:28

TheGoalieGuild: oops, sorry, it's .910 SV% or above.

1:28

TheGoalieGuild: I don't think I would have made the bet at .915 SV% but I think he can get at least a .910 SV%.

1:31

Comment From Hawksfan

What's with Pavelec? new contract, starting gig and keeps having to apologize for his off-ice antics. Time to pass out again?

1:32

TheGoalieGuild: I think the skill is there, but the consistency is lacking. He is still maturing. I want to call him a sleeper this season, but don't think he has enough support in front of him. Schedule is tougher for them being in Winnipeg, a lot of tough games against Carolina and Washington and TB .... so he's very borderline sleeper in my opinion.

1:33

TheGoalieGuild: I do like him a lot long-term though. He kind of reminds me of Lehtonen. Super-skilled guy that kind of needs to go through some tough under-achieving seasons before he "wakes up" and realizes he could be doing more to be a better performer on a nightly basis. I'd want him in a keeper league. In fact, now is a good time to buy low.

1:37

Comment From Hawksfan

DiPietro? enough said?

1:37

TheGoalieGuild: LOL.

1:37

Comment From That Guy

Does Johan the Moose Hedberg still have the legs to have a decent season? Is it fair to expect 20 starts from him?

1:37

Comment From Hawksfan

You've said you don't like the hawks tandem. Chicago will still win 25+ gms and somebody has to play net. Would you trade them for Lundquist, I'd have to sweeten the pot, and take less starts?

1:38

TheGoalieGuild: Yes the Moose is on the loose! Nothing but good things to say about his durability and his ability to come off the bench in some tough situations and win games. I've seen him go from being 100% cold to super hot in minutes. He's the perfect backup for Brodeur. 20 starts is very fair, and I think that's exactly what I have in my projected workload piece.

1:38

TheGoalieGuild: I do think NJ will have a weaker team obviously without Foster and Parise so a lot more shots from the middle and tougher situations for the goalies. But Moose will play in 20 games and probably post better stats than Brodeur.

1:42

TheGoalieGuild: You are probably right about Chicago and their wins, but again, when I have a whole league worth of goalies to choose from, one of the last places I'm looking is Chicago right now.

1:45

TheGoalieGuild: OK guys I just found out Dobber is getting charged for this chat so I'm shutting her down!! Thanks for joining and reading along. Good luck to everyone this season! Remember to check http://www.goaliepost.com  every day for quick hits and starting goalie info!


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