Major goalies staying put with less than an hour left

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Going into the trade deadline, it seemed like someone would eventually trade for a notable goalie. (Sorry Vesa Toskala, Curtis McElhinney and Justin Pogge) At least that’s what one would assume when taking a cursory look at rosters.

If you have any interest in following hockey banter, you’ve probably read the many (fair or unfair) critiques that the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks will collapse under the weight of shabby goaltending. On the other end of the spectrum, wobbly teams with big-money goalies might benefit from moving their franchise guys (for instance: Marty Turco in Dallas and Tomas Vokoun in Florida).
You’d at least have to wonder why the goalie-cursed Philadelphia Flyers don’t at least get some insurance for Michael Leighton after Ray Emery’s season ending injury, right? (Seriously, though, the Flyers are to goalies what the Chicago Bears are to quarterbacks. Philadelphia: where goalies go to die.)
Then again, teams were pretty stingy with goalies last summer too. I know he had some injury concerns but it was still stunning that Manny Fernandez failed to even secure a backup role this season. It’s simply not a seller’s market for goalies right now, considering the fact that most of the bigger names also bring big cap numbers with them (for example Turco’s annual cap hit is $5.7 million). There are basically only 60 spots for goalies and only 30 starting jobs, after all.
Does it explain why solid, reasonably cheap veteran goalies such as Dwayne Roloson or Martin Biron are (currently) staying put? Well … no. I’m with you on that one, pundits.

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.