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June 21, 2012

Plugging Holes: Pacific Division

by Philip Myrland and ESPN Insider

Key offseason fixes for the Ducks, Stars, Kings, Coyotes, and Sharks.

February 1, 2012

In The Crease: Brian Elliott

by Philip Myrland

The very worst player in the NHL by Goals Versus Threshold in 2010-11, Brian Elliott parlayed a great first half into a two-year extension. But which player is he?

December 21, 2011

In The Crease: Veteran Goalies Struggling

by Philip Myrland

Fans in several cities around the league have to be at least a bit concerned about their goaltending.

November 25, 2011

In The Crease: Josh Harding

by Philip Myrland

Is Minnesota's Josh Harding for real, and if so, is he a real option for a team looking for a starting goaltender next summer?

November 16, 2011

In The Crease: Ondrej Pavelec

by Philip Myrland

The parallels between Ondrej Pavelec and Steve Mason may be concerning to fans of the Winnipeg Jets.

November 10, 2011

In The Crease: Nikolai Khabibulin

by Philip Myrland

Can the extreme bounceback of Nikolai Khabibulin continue, and lead the Oilers to a playoff berth?

November 4, 2011

In The Crease: Pekka Rinne

by Philip Myrland

It would seem that the demise of the big-money NHL goaltender has been greatly exaggerated, in the wake of the Nashville Predators' announcement yesterday that they had come to terms with Pekka Rinne on a seven-year extension worth $49 million.

October 12, 2011

In The Crease: Best And Worst Value Backup Goalies

by Philip Myrland

Who are the best and worst backup goaltenders in the NHL, taking into consideration both performance and contract?

October 10, 2011

In The Crease: Steve Mason

by Philip Myrland

Steve Mason is only one of two netminders to face at least 1,500 shots against last season while posting a below-average save percentage.

September 29, 2011

Premium Article NHL Preview: NHL's Top 10 Projected Goalies

by Philip Myrland

New York's Henrik Lundqvist projects to be the top netminder in 2011-12.

September 28, 2011

In The Crease: The Best Goalie And The Cup

by Philip Myrland

Tim Thomas won the Vezina Trophy in addition to lifting the Stanley Cup last season. You'd think that happens more often than it does.

September 21, 2011

In The Crease: Tomas Vokoun

by Philip Myrland

Breaking down Tomas Vokoun's likely impact on the Washington Capitals. Does the elite netminder make the Caps the preseason Stanley Cup favorite?

April 30, 2011

NHL Playoffs, Second Round: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins

by Philip Myrland

Though only the third-seeded team in the East, the Boston Bruins ranked second in GVT for the entire league and featured the elite goaltending of Tim Thomas, who broke Dominik Hasek's save percentage record. But does all of that mean anything against the battle-tested Philadelphia Flyers, last year's runner-up…and more importantly, the team that came back from 3-0 down to ignominiously eliminate the Bruins?

April 27, 2011

In The Crease: Was St. Patrick Clutch Or Not?

by Philip Myrland

Is there such a thing as a clutch performer among postseason netminders? If there ever was one, it would have to be Patrick Roy. Right?

April 22, 2011

Premium Article In The Crease: Tim Thomas Doesn't Give B's Big Edge

by Philip Myrland

Short series limit impact of even the best netminders.

April 14, 2011

Premium Article NHL Playoffs, First Round: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Philip Myrland

Is there any way that the Los Angeles Kings can overcome the red-hot San Jose Sharks without their best player?

January 24, 2011

Premium Article In The Crease: Roberto Luongo

by Philip Myrland

Despite a lack of postseason success, is Roberto Luongo one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history?

January 1, 2011

In The Crease: The Consistency of Marc-Andre Fleury

by Philip Myrland

Is former number one overall draft pick and Stanley Cup-winning netminder Marc-Andre Fleury truly inconsistent? Or is that really a misconception about the Penguins' netminder?

December 21, 2010

In The Crease: The Year of the Backup

by Philip Myrland

With backups performing as well as starters thus far, general managers around the NHL seem to have been vindicated for avoiding megadeals with goaltenders this past summer. Philip takes a look at the surprising results in the Year of the Backup.

December 8, 2010

In The Crease: Similar Paths for Price and Thomas

by Philip Myrland

Displaced as starters by Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask last season, what does the Contrarian Goaltender make of the bounceback seasons of Carey Price and Tim Thomas?

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