The question still left unanswered after six weeks of the season, is Canada’s goaltending
The question still left unanswered after six weeks of the season, is Canada’s goaltending. Of the five goaltenders invited to the August orientation camp (Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Corey Crawford, Mike Smith and Braden Holtby), nobody has exactly stepped up and asserted himself as a clear choice. None of those Canadian camp invitees are among the NHL’s top 10 in goals-against average – Price (2.12) is 11th, Crawford (2.22) is 15th, Luongo (2.41) is 21st, Holtby (2.72) is 26th and Smith (2.81) is 27th. Price (.933) is eighth in the NHL in save-percentage, while Holtby (.920) is 14th, Smith (.917) and Crawford (.917) are tied at 15th and Luongo (.911), Canada’s gold-medal starter at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is 26th. Canada does have a few goalies playing well right now. On performance alone, Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild is Canada’s best this year, winning 10 of his 12 starts with a league-leading 1.21 GAA, two shutouts and a .947 save-percentage that is second in the NHL. Take that, Multiple Sclerosis. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tandem of James Reimer (.942) and Jonathan Bernier (.939) are fifth and sixth in the NHL in save-percentage, while Bernier (2.05) is seventh in goals-against average and Marc-Andre Fleury (2.07) is eighth. And look, the New Jersey Devils have this hot goalie named Martin Brodeur with a league-leading two shutouts and a 2.08 GAA that is eighth-best in the league. Brodeur, 41, has a bit of Olympic experience with Canadian teams in 2010, and 2006. And 2002. And 1998. Would Yzerman take a chance on someone like Harding, Bernier or Reimer or go back to the well with guys like Fleury or even Brodeur? For more on this article written by Ken Pagan of Canada.com Click Here.