Ron Wilson thinks Brodeur didn't deserve such harsh treatment

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There’s no question that Canada was under immense pressure in the
Olympics, and after a stunning loss to the United States in round-robin
play that pressure became even more intense for Martin Brodeur. I’m not a
Canadian so I don’t have the emotional tie to the team that many had,
but even I was surprised at the level of vitriol spewed forth in the
direction of Brodeur, he of so many great victories throughout his

so was USA and Toronto Maple Leaf head coach Ron Wilson:

“We thought Canada was the best team,” he said. “We didn’t write them
off. But I tell you, reading all the papers, everybody else had them
written off.

“The biggest surprise to me is how everybody threw Marty Brodeur, the
greatest goalie in the history of the game, under the bus and backed
over him, and forward, backward, forward, backward. It’s the greatest
goalie that’s ever played and it almost tarnished his career on one
night. He didn’t have a good night, but part of that had to do with how
well we pressured them.”

You know, I don’t think I could have described it better myself.
“…under the bus and backed over him, and forward…”, that’s pretty
much how it went. As an American and watching that game, not once I did I
believe the loss was Brodeur’s fault. At least not completely.

some of the goals allowed were questionable, but the game really came
down to how much better Ryan Miller was on the other side of the ice.

guess since Canada won gold with Luongo in net then the correct choice
was made, but there’s no way Martin Brodeur deserved the criticisms he
received. I guess it really is a testament to the level of fanaticism
surround Canadian hockey; that perhaps the greatest goaltender of all
time could be torn down in an instant, just for losing a preliminary
game to the Americans.

Of course, had he played like Miikka
Kiprusoff did, then maybe I’d understand.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.