As you all know, a good goalie is critical to your teams summer or winter campaign. When your wingers are tired, your center is injured and your defencemen just got burned by some puck weaving magic, your goalie is your last line of defence and potential savior. In this weeks Monday Night Shout-out, we’re looking for team tributes to your masked defender. Captains, players, team centers or hell – even goalies themselves, are invited to shower praise upon your “Bulin Wall” or your “Quicky”. Check out this save and let us know if your goalie has pulled off an amazing save similar to this one. Reto Berra’s Bicycle kick save
If only soccer announcers had such vigor when they call the game, if only it moved a little faster, if only players picked themselves up, put themselves together and carried on with broken feet and stitches – we would truly have a beautiful game, hockey.
Needing to score only three goals, Jagr will join the 700 club this season, but what could he have achieved if he decided to stay in the NHL instead of getting paid, probably, tax free, playing for Avangard Omsk for four seasons.
2004-2005 – Avangard Omsk KHL
2008-2009 – Avangard Omsk KHL
2009-2010 – Avangard Omsk KHL
2010-2011 – Avangard Omsk KHL
Four season, 82 games per season for a total of 328 possible NHL games. For the sake of the argument lets say Jagr would have scored 20 goals a season (in 2005-06 he scored 54 for the Rangers), that would net 80 goals to his totals (Jagr is about to score 20 this season with the Devils, already at 16 in 52 games). With eighty additional goals his career goals today would amount to a nice “even” number of 777 on the low range of the spectrum.
Of course he could have averaged 30 goals a season during those 4 years in the K, and that would mean 120 more goals to add, putting Jagr at 817. Good enough for second place behind Gretzky and making him first among European born players.
Could Jagr have challenged the great one himself for the scoring lead? Jaromir is 41 years old and can probably play three or four more seasons, given his conditioning and fitness level. At 20 goals a season, he just might have caught Gretz. Throw in the two lock out seasons into the mix and he surely could have put on a good race.