Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/26/12
Always #1 With The Fans! Back-up goalies are a funny, strange lot. They are eyed rather suspiciously at times by the incumbent starters, like devious theatrical understudies hoping for an injury to the lead, or the Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll. Though the position has historically been given short shrift in the league, the value of having a solid relief goaltender is increasingly important for success and is being employed by the better teams in the NHL. Tuukka Rask stands out in Boston as a solid insurance policy, much like the Canucks’ favourite Cory Schneider. As the NHL trading deadline edges ever closer on February 27th, fans wonder if Vancouver’s fine collection of red headed athletes is about to be trimmed by one particularly gifted goaltender. In terms of back-ups, where does he stand on the list of Vancouver’s most effective? Forgive me for leaving off former Vancouver Canucks Troy Gamble, Kay Whitmore, Johan Hedberg, Arturs Irbe, Dany Sabourin, and Curtis Sanford. Ahem. Here’s ...
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