Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Alexander MacLean, and Dobber
1. Remember when the Golden Knights were believed to be shopping Marc-Andre Fleury, thinking the veteran goalie was past his prime and that Robin Lehner was the goalie of the future? The whole “stabbed in the back” portrait on agent Allan Walsh’s Twitter? Maybe Lehner is still the goalie of the future, but Fleury is still (once again) the goalie of right now in Vegas.
Here is how he stacks up all-time for most career shutouts in Stanley Cup playoffs history:
1. Martin Brodeur: 24
2. Patrick Roy: 23
3. Marc-Andre Fleury: 16
4. Curtis Joseph: 16 (may23)
2. Moreover, Fleury played the eighth Game 7 of his career this past week, evening his career record in Game 7s to 4-4. Only Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, and Curtis Joseph have played in more Game 7s, with Fleury now tied with Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby. Fleury and the Golden Knights will have little time to savor their Game 7 win, as their much-anticipated series with the Colorado Avalanche begins tonight (Sunday).
3. At one time, the Penguins had a surplus at this position with all of Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray, and Tristan Jarry. Remember when the obvious call was to leave Fleury unprotected in the expansion draft because Murray was the young goalie that led the Pens to two Stanley Cup wins? Last offseason, the Pens picked Jarry over Murray, which leads them to where they are today.
In case you didn’t follow the Penguins/Islanders series, Jarry’s performance wasn’t pretty. He managed only one quality start (Game 2) but two really bad starts (Games 4 and 6) in the six-game series. Overall, Jarry ended up with a minus-3.80 GSAA, which was the second-worst among goalies in the playoffs. A relatively short playoff series shouldn’t necessarily sway your opinion on a goalie, but it may uncover some trouble spots.
Jarry owners probably remember his jarring start to the season (7 GP, 3.95 GAA, .857 SV%). He settled down after that as one of fantasy hockey’s more reliable goalies with a strong 23-5-2 record and 2.49 GAA and .919 SV% the rest of the way. So Jarry was okay for you if you could stomach the rough first month. However, with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang signed for only one more season, the P