As per Andrew Gross, Ales Kotalik will be scratched tonight for the third time this season. Kotalik has been even less than I thought he would be, which is tough because I didn’t expect much. Donald Brashear will be a scratch tonight also, and Chad Johnson will make his second start of his career.
Enver Lisin and Aaron Voros, who have been the most common Prucha victims, are getting some playing time at the expense of Brashear and Kotalik. What a fantastic way to spend $4.4 million.
The Great Goalie Shuffle of 2010 continues. Chad Johnson is back up, Matt Zaba is back down. Johnson started in Hartford last night, making 30 saves in a 2-1 win.
The Great Goalie Shuffle of 2010 continues, with Chad Johnson being sent down to Hartford, and Matt Zaba being called up to the big time. Of course, Johnson is just getting playing time, and I would be shocked if Zaba actually plays. Still, this shuffle can’t be good for Johnson or the team. Johnson has shown he can play at the NHL-level. Shouldn’t they just keep him up?
In what was a depth move that flew under the radar for everyone, the Rangers traded a 5th round pick to Pittsburgh for now backup goalie Chad Johnson. Well, the Rangers had 3 5th round picks in the 2009 draft, and the pick that went to Pittsburgh in exchange for Johnson was the last pick in the round.
Where did the Rangers get that pick? Well, it was given to the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Hollweg. That is correct folks, the Rangers turned Ryan Hollweg into Chad Johnson.
A winger with no place on the team for a good backup goalie? Not too shabby.
With the demotion of former backup Steve Valliquette, the Rangers had a revolving door of backups, with every Hartford goalie getting the call at one point to back up Henrik Lundqvist, stay a week, then get sent back down to get some playing time. Chad Johnson got the start last night, and it was the first time a backup started a game in months.
Johnson not only impressed, but was stellar in his NHL starting debut. He shook off a shaky two periods against Philly, and really showed why he was the most impressive goalie not named Lundqvist in training camp. He was cool, calm, and collected in the face of a myriad of difficult shots. He stopped 31 of 33 shots, with a handful requiring acrobatics that are worthy of Lundqvist status.
Nueve-Dos will be seeing more action if he continues this type of play. That can only be a good thing for the Rangers, as it will give Lundqvist, who has played 70+ games in every year except his first, a much needed break. Maybe it will help him be fresher for the playoffs, should the Rangers qualify. The Rangers may have struck gold here with Johnson, as he appears to be a very capable backup. Should he develop into more than a backup, well that’s a solid trade chip for them as well. And to think, all it cost them was a fifth round pick.
As per Jim Cerny’s twitter, coach John Tortorella mentioned that Chad Johnson will be getting some starts in goal soon. It is very possible that the first start could be tonight against Atlanta. If he does not start tonight, it is very likely he will start Saturday’s matinee against Boston.
I would prefer he start against Boston, as they are the lesser offensive threat. If you give the Thrashers some open room, they will light any goalie in the league up.
Update 10:45am I take that back. I’m ok with Johnson starting tonight. Atlanta has lost nine in a row. Can’t get much colder than that.
Chad Johnson has been called back up from Hartford, and Matt Zaba has been sent back to Hartford. This was expected, and announced during the game last night. It’s official now. Johnson was down to get some work in, and you can expect the revolving door of backups to continue until the Rangers get a capable backup.
Chad Johnson’s brief stay with the Rangers has ended, as he has been sent down to Hartford to get some more playing time. Matt Zaba has been recalled to backup Henrik Lundqvist for the time being.
There seems to be a rotation of backups going right now. Backup Lundqvist for a week, get sent back down to get playing time, and repeat. The Rangers really need to get a backup goalie, and fast.
The Great Goalie Shuffle of 2009 continues: Rangers sent down Matt Zaba and recalled Chad Johnson, according to Andrew Gross. Johnson started last night against Portland, and gave up 4 goals on 29 shots in a 5-2 loss. Gross is also reporting that Enver Lisin and Aaron Voros will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game against Buffalo. We shall see what happens.
The Rangers made two moves today, one surprising, the other expected. The first, was sending Matt Gilroy down to Hartford. They kept Ilkka Heikkinen up. I don’t get it. Honestly, I thought Gilroy has been one of our best defenseman all year. He had a bad game against Chicago, but so did Rosival, and everyone else. I would have preferred to see Rosy sent down, or even Girardi. I don’t get it. If it’s a message, I think it’s a wrong one. Gilroy has been great all year. One bad game, and he’s in Hartford. Don’t get it.
The second move was sending goalie Chad Johnson down to Hartford. This is just to get him some extra work. Matt Zaba was called up as the backup for the Saturday game against Buffalo. Hartford has a bunch of games coming up, so he can get work. I still think the Rangers need to get a NHL caliber backup.
What’s your thoughts on the Gilroy move? Since the move does save some cap room, is there another one on the way?