Ramblings: Hart Re-Signs; Lysell to North America; Projecting Team USA – August 10

Michael Clifford

2021-08-10

While there has been a lot of handwringing in the offseason about what went wrong in Philadelphia in 2021, it really came down to goaltending. They managed .895 goaltending at 5-on-5 this past season, which is horrific. For comparison, two teams (Los Angeles, Vegas) had higher save percentages on the penalty kill, at .900 and .899, respectively.

Well, one of the goalies responsible is coming back:

I am being hard on Carter Hart here but there's no reason to be. He was honest about his struggles this season with everything surrounding COVID, and that is completely believable. He had been a good NHL goalie before that and has a pedigree. We should have faith that he'll turn it around. The question is whether the defence is good enough to support a huge rebound for Hart. I guess we'll see.

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Igor Shesterkin also signed an extension, a four-year deal worth over $22.6M in total. Though he wasn't super elite by typical goalies stats last year, he was at the top of the board in many other metrics: first in the league in high-danger save percentage and a goals save above expected per minute in line with names like Juuse Saros and Robin Lehner. As long as he keeps up those levels, and the Rangers keep improving, he should be an elite fantasy option moving forward. Though, as always, the usual "goalies are