Goaltenders becoming more valuable; Roloson to the Flyers?

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As we inch closer to the trade deadline, it’s just a matter of
waiting to see which goaltender will be the first to be traded after the
roster freeze lifted. There are a number of names floating about —
Tomas Vokoun, Jaroslav Halak, Dwayne Roloson, Tim Thomas, Dan Ellis —
and with Ray Emery out of the season it looks like there is a collective
holding of the breath to see what the Flyers do.

Now Philadelphia
technically has the room to trade for a goaltender like Roloson, but
from all accounts today the team is set to move forward with Leighton
between the pipes. That may have changed, just in the past few hours.

All of a sudden it seems that goaltenders have some increased
value after it seemed that the market really wasn’t there. The Emery
injury certainly opens things up, and with teams like Chicago and
Philadelphia in a race to get the best fit, it will be interesting to
see how the asking prices change. You’d certainly think that Halak would
be more valuable than Vokoun, but word is that Montreal is just asking
too much.

Garth Snow suddenly has an incredibly valuable
goaltender on his roster (especially if Dipietro’s knee is ok) and
Roloson may be on his way to Philly. TSN’s Bob McKenzie maintains that a
is nowhere near done, considering Roloson is expected to play
tonight, but “Dallas Dave” is reporting the deal is done in principle.

not going to speculate one way or the other but it does appear that in
the past few hours, especially after word broke that Emery would be
having hip surgery, that a trade for Roloson is in the works. We’ll wait and see how this shakes out — I’m still trying to determine just how much I trust Dave anyway.

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.