Michal Neuvirth #30 is called in to take over from Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals in the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Verizon Center on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
(October 2, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Kolzig: Caps goalie situation ‘will sort itself out,’ just not sure how


Washington has three goalies on its active roster, none of whom have stepped up to grab the No. 1 gig.

As for the man overseeing those goalies? Well, he’s not sure how this story will end.

“I think at some point it will sort itself out,” Caps goalie coach Olaf Kolzig told the Washington Post. “How that happens, I have no idea.”

Washington is currently rolling with Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth which, as most NHL coaches will tell you, isn’t an ideal situation — there are only two nets on the ice and with three goalies… do the math.

What’s more, none have made a solid claim for the job. Grubauer, a rookie, hasn’t been bad by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s lost four of his last five starts. Holtby‘s confidence was shaken after he allowed five goals on 11 shots on Saturday.

Washington isn’t scheduled to play again until Thursday, which gives Capitals coach Adam Oates plenty of time to mull over who he’ll start next.

“What if I go to (Neuvirth)?” Oates said, according to CSN Washington. “Neuvy deserves a start at some point, right?”

The answer, it would seem, is yes. Neuvirth, the club’s highest-paid netminder, has made only had five starts this season and has just seven total appearances, the last coming on Nov. 22 against Montreal. The former second-round pick — who, in 2010-11, posted 27 wins and four shutouts, backstopping the Caps to the second round of the playoffs — recently had his agent float the idea of a trade out of Washington, suggesting Neuvirth isn’t thrilled with the current three-goalie platoon.

As for Kolzig, he still believes Neuvirth can still emerge as a No. 1 once the situation gets sorted.

For Neuvy, I think it’s a matter of when that opportunity presents itself again take advantage of it,” he said.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
Leave a comment

You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?