I am going to go off an a different tangent today and profile a goalie. Please keep in mind that all I know about goalies is that they are a little weird and I can’t score on them to save my life.
One of the few goalies with whom I have any experience is Drew McIntyre, currently toiling with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. McIntyre was thrust into the starting job when Wade Flaherty was injured last year. He performed above expectations and took Manitoba deep into the playoffs before succumbing to the eventual champion Hamilton Bulldogs.
McIntyre isn’t a big goalie but plays the position with quickness and sound positioning. Generously listed at 6’1, McIntyre likely stands around 5’9 or 5’10, according to inside sources and my own estimates. Originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2001, McIntyre failed to sign a contract with the Red Wings and was signed by Moose GM Craig Heisinger.
A career backup until the Flaherty injury, McIntyre was able to post a 24-12-2 record to go along with a 0.922 save percentage in the starting role. Though expected to share time with Cory Schneider this year, McIntyre will likely push for more time given his strong track record and calm nerves.
Watch for him to find his way onto an NHL roster before too long.
News You Can Use Late in the Day:
-In related news, the Moose drop their home opener 4-2.
-In breaking news, the NHL has suspended Jesse Boulerice a 25 game suspension.
–TSN’s James Duthie with a funny blog about why his son hates Mike Comrie.
-Eddie Belfour skated with the UND Fighting Sioux today. Illegal Curve’s Richard Pollock spotted him on campus today, and thankfully didn’t “slip” on anything while in the Eagle’s presence.
-The US Hockey Hall of Fame will induct four hockey greats tonight in Grand Forks.
-The NHLPA has narrowed its search to 3.
-The Canucks have sent winger Ryan Shannon to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
–Dave Nonis called the Canucks “lazy and stupid”. Zing.
-A preview of the season opening college hockey tournaments.
–Eric Duhatschek discusses the suspension and notes that Eddie Belfour was supposed to arrive in Sweden today. Guess the Eagle figures Grand Forks is close enough.
–Jim Balsillie is try to buy the Predators again.
–Michael Russo says there is no truth to the rumor that Pavol Demitra isn’t happy with Jacques Lemaire.
-The Wild take their moms on a road trip.
–Dave Shoalts notes that the Leafs can’t trade their way to success, given that they are so close to the cap.
–Adam Foote says he is committed to Columbus.
–Taking Note with a funny story about Hitmen defender Ryan Gillen.
-The BCHL will not be expanding into Washington state.
-The Habs have suspended Jamie Rivers, who is believe to be on his way to Europe.
–ESPN’s Scott Burnside feels Martin Gerber is flirting with greatness.
–Fanhouse gives us the hockey fight of the day.
–Fargo names its new USHL franchise.
-Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs feels he is doing ok.
–Rob Ramage may still face a civil suit.
–SI’s Alan Muir answers your questions.
–Darryl Sittler congratulates Mats Sundin.
–Forbes Magazine feels their is a danger in overhyping the values of NHL teams.
–Stan Fischler wonders what role Dave Scatchard will play with the Rangers.
-A game day review of the Canucks-Oilers game.
-A review of notable suspensions from the NHL.
–Michael Handzus struggles to adjust to life as a King.
-A look at Bryan Berard‘s ride from the Islanders and back again.
–Scores from the minors and juniors.
-The Thashers have called up Darren Haydar.
-The Hockey News examines the Ice-Girl dilemma. With picture goodness.
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