Dominance of Crawford, new role of Brodeur and more

Wednesday
the night was a very light program in the National Hockey League with only two
matches, but we’ve seen more dominance from a boy from Montreal’s hometown. Like us
have a new All-Star goalkeeper and one of the greatest of all time has a new role in
New Jersey.

Crawford
Like to come home

Each
the player likes to play in his hometown, but it’s hard to imagine anyone who likes
more than Corey Crawford. Chicago Blackhawks Settled
in Montreal since March 31, 2009. Since then, they have gone 6-0-2 and the
a constant in these games is Crawford for the purpose.

Crawford
took off at the Bell Center on Wednesday evening and continued domination
in his hometown in a 4-1 victory over the Canadians. He now has a 1.12
average goals against (GAA), save percentage of .971 (SV%) and two shutouts in
his career in Montreal. Crawford stopped 32 of 33 shots last night and his
SV% career has gone down!

“He loves to play in Montreal,” said Blackhawks All-Star forward Patrick Kane. “He has had so many good games here over the years. Sometimes you come home and have a little extra motivation; a little more concentration. He has been incredible here throughout his career. “

Crawford owns the Canadians in their building. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Crawford
just became the fourth
goalkeeper in NHL history with a personal point streak of eight or more
games in Montreal to start his career and just the second one who was not a member
Canadians. Braden Holtby’s
the Washington Capitals who went 8-0-1 in their first nine games in Montreal
between 2011-2017.

the
the other two goalkeepers in this tournament were both members of the Canadian Hall of Fame. Bill
Duram with 23-02 from 1943-1944 and Ken Dryden went 16-0-3 from 1971-1972 to
start their great career.

Rittich
Added to Pacific All-Stars

When
the Pacific Division all-star team was first announced that the goalkeepers were
Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights and Darcy Kuemper of Arizona
Coyotes. When the team takes the ice next Saturday in Saint-Louis, they
will be led by two different network gatekeepers.

Fleury has decided to decline the invitation and he will have to serve a suspension of a match according to the rules of the league. He was replaced by Jacob Markstrom of the Vancouver Canucks. Kuemper has been on the sidelines for the past few weeks due to a lower body injury and will not be healthy enough to play. The league has announced that David Rittich of the Calgary Flames will take the place of Kuemper.

Rittich heads for his first all-star game. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

“This
means a lot to me, “said Rittich
he heard the news. “Right now, I can say that I’m with the best
players of the world in the All-Star Game. It’s going to be huge for me and that
can certainly help me, for my next steps in my career.

“I am
I’m just going to take advantage of the time and I want to do my best. I just want
enjoy.”

Rittich
is 18-11-5 on the season with 2.79 GAA, 0.913 SV% and two shutouts. It is his
first appearance at the All-Star Game and he will be joined by Mark Giordano and
Matthew Tkachuk.

Brodeur
Take on a new Front Office role

The New Jersey Devils surprised many people when they fired GM Ray Shero on Sunday. The team elevated Tom Fitzgerald to the position of Deputy Director General to the position of Acting Director General. However, he doesn’t take on this job without the help of one of the best goalkeepers to tie a pair of skates.

Martin Brodeur joined the Devils two years ago as Executive Vice President of Business Development. He has now moved to the hockey operations side of the building to assist Fitzgerald and assistant general manager Dan MacKinnon.

“I’m delighted to be back in the hockey game,” said Brodeur on Tuesday. “It was something that surprised me a little. It went down quite quickly. I had a good conversation with Hugh Weber (president of the company) and Josh (co-owner Josh Harris) when they decided to make the decision. I am delighted to have this responsibility to help them, to assess what we have here. … It’s nice to come back to it. I have to catch up, that’s why I’m with the team here now. “

Extract from “Why collaboration is the key to the new Devils front office” by Pierre LeBrun, The Athletic – 1/15/20

It’s not Brodeur’s first taste of working on the hockey side. Before returning to the Devils, he was assistant general manager of Doug Armstrong with the St. Louis Blues.

Brodeur is back on the hockey side. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

LeBrun does not think that Brodeur is a serious candidate for the position of general manager of the Devils only because he feels he does not want it. He left his job in Saint-Louis because he did not want his daily work to take away his time with his family. LeBrun said he could prepare for a president of hockey operations like Brendan Shanahan with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Cam Neeley with the Boston Bruins.