SB Nation: It’s was a great weekend for Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. But, it may not have been a great weekend for NHL teams. How is it that Crawford is works $6 million a year? Yes he has a Stanley Cup Championship in his pocket, but his career numbers make me question the contract. His career numbers are .913 save percentage with a 2.40 goals against average. Not outstanding, but darn good. I just don’t see $6 million dollars here. What effect could this have on the future goalie market? BIG it’s that simple. If Crawford is worth that number, what will Ryan Miller get?
RMNB: Washington we may have a problem. Reports from the KHL stating they want Alex Ovechkin. Let me be the first to say good-bye and safe travels. I know this could be bad for the NHL, but if Ovechkin want to go “home” let him. The KHL offers a tax-free salary to players. It’s highly unlikely the Washington Capitals captain will jump leagues, but as the KHL grows this could be a common threat to the NHL.
CBS Sports: Who’s that behind the mask? Cory Schneider‘s new mask is an outstanding piece of art. It’s part of hockey history for goaltenders to have their masks painted, and in Schneider’s case this make over is a life changing one. After coming to the New Jersey Devils via trade Cory is in line to be starting goaltender for the Devils after long time Devil Martin Brodeur hangs up his skates. With the added attention that will be placed on Schneider’s performance over the next few years he had better look the part.
Pro Hockey Talk: Is that a pond or an ice rink. What ever it is tickets are selling. This season the NHL is rolling the dice and hosting an outdoor game in Los Angeles. An idea that I find to be one of the worst ever. I have said it before were in hockey tradition is it said play a game near a beach in 70 degree weather? “The month of January is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 65°F throughout the month, exceeding 76°F or dropping below 57°F only one day in ten. weatherspark.com” Maybe they should make this a roller hockey game.