According to Nashville legend, Pekka Rinne played so little in his homeland of Finland that the Predators' scout who discovered him based his reports on what he saw in warmups.
According to actual league transactions, Mike Smith was waived by the Tampa Bay Lightning almost 14 months ago because he was the third choice behind starter Dwayne Roloson and backup Dan Ellis.
Maybe it was a simple change of scenery that altered the course of these two goalies careers. Maybe theyre in the right systems with the right coaches and right players in front of them. Maybe theyre finally realizing their potential. Maybe its all of the above.
But as the Coyotes prepare to face the Predators in the Western Conference semifinals, the central storyline of this series revolves around two goaltenders playing at a world-class level a level that has them among a select few when talk turns to the Vezina Trophy.
Those are your hopes when you bring in a goalie that he comes in and plays at that level, ...