Biggest Concern Next Season: Goaltending

June 11th, 2010 by Matthew Calamia Leave a reply »
Since the lockout, Henrik Lundqvist has been the backbone of the New York Rangers, and main ingredient into their semi-resurgence since 2006.

He's the first goaltender in NHL history to record 30-plus wins in his first five seasons. He led Sweeden to a Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He's done it all, except get past the second-round in the playoffs.

A big reason is the Rangers' inability to give Lundqvist substantial rest down the stretch. Each year, the Rangers seem to have to win every game after Valentine's Day to make the playoffs, and thus must rely on The King to play 95 percent of those games. 

Having a bonafide backup with NHL experience to step in and play 20 games for the Rangers will do wonders for not only Lundqvist once the playoffs come, it will also take pressure off of him during the early-to-mid months of the season. 

Since the 2006-07 season, Lundqvist has appeared in no less than 70 games, with a career high last season — an Olympic year — 73 appearances. 

There are a few backup goalies on the market this season who won't hurt the wallet, and will help ease the strain ...

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