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Question of the week: Which is more important, defense or goaltending?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have had both goaltending issues and defensive problems. The Raw Charge Question of the Week asks which is more important to address?

Frozen Grounds: Hockey Goalies Really Are Crazy

Goaltending in the NHL is both a premier position and the worst place to play ever.

So, about those goalies: The importance of goalie coaching

Goalie coaches have a critical role in the performance of a team's goalies but also in the long-term success of the franchise's netminders.

Tuesday night link dump and open thread

Post draft, pre-free agency, and ongoing craziness. Your Tuesday night link dump and open thread is GO.

Bits: Defending the Halak trade; Isles return to Saskatoon?

The Islanders will play at least one preseason game in Saskatoon; Montreal's trade of Jaroslav Halak may be smarter than you think.

Kings Fans Fail Reading Comprehension

Sent back to retake "Learn to Speak Murray 101"

"When you’re facing (Ryan) Miller, (Martin) Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going t...

"When you’re facing (Ryan) Miller, (Martin) Brodeur, these type of guys, if you think you’re going to go through a game and get that one shot and score a goal, you might as well not even go on the ice. You've got to go on mentally where you’re going to throw the puck on net, go to the net, wraparounds, quick shots. Don’t take a big slap shot. "These guys thrive on teams that try to pick spots. The best goalie in the world will tell you, the quicker the shot, the more garbage around the net, the harder for them to play; people in front of their faces. When you think you're going to go down the wing all night and and take that one big slap shot and go top shelf on these guys, you’ll be waiting all night with that. You've got to go out there and throw everything at them, whether it’s a wrist shot, slap shot, a quick shot, wrap shot, everything has to go out there with a flurry of people in front of them. That’s the only way you can consistently beat these guys."

Head Coach Rick Tocchet -- remarking Monday on facing elite goaltenders.

More Masked Men

I recently updated my Montreal Canadiens goalie post titled "Who Were Those Masked Men?. It features 75 goaltenders to have played for the Habs from 1909 to the present and over 40 more who were...

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