Has anyone else been loving Minnesota’s two-goalie rotation as much as I’ve been. Dwayne Roloson returned to the nets for the Wild Sunday, holding Vancouver to two goals and helping the Wild tie the series at one apiece.
Roloson was pulled against Colorado. A groin pull kept him out of the rest of the series. But it didn’t matter. Goaltending partner Manny Fernandez kept the Wild alive and past the Avalanche. Both are good, strong goaltenders. And they’re made stronger by nature of not having to play every game. And they’re made stronger still by knowing the team doesn’t live and die by their performance.
Obviously Wild coach Jacques Lemaire is a horrible person trying to destroy hockey with his yawn-inducing coaching style. But I love that he’s bringing back the goalie team. I hope it catches on next season. There are a lot of teams that could really benefit from using a goalie tandem. Chicago, for one.
They worked Jocelyn Thibault to death this season. If he had played 20 less games, I bet he could have had 10 more wins. Columbus’ Marc Denis could have used some help, too. Any help, really. He started 77 games this season. And even the mighty Martin Brodeur. He’s strong as an ox now, but eventually he’s going to need less work. A goalie tandem is a great way to develop one goalie while keeping an older one effective. Plus, it lets the coach match goalies, just like they match lines.
Attention NHL coaches. Embrace the goalie tandem. Make your goaltending injury proof. You’ll thank me for it.