Ilya Kovalchuk Going NOWHERE

Atlanta Thrashers v Florida Panthers

Unfortunately this is not an actual news story but simply one man’s bold prediction.  Before you blast me for the headline, lets look at the facts so you can see my thought process.

The latest from Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal Constitution states that the talks between the two are currently at a stand still.  However, Kovalchuk went on record to state, “he would like to stay with the same team his whole career. However, he understands that hockey is a business.”

Yes Ilya, hockey is a business.  You need to see that the business of the Atlanta Thrasher is Ilya Kovalchuk.  This team lives and dies by the blade of his stick.  The signings of Nik Antropov, Maxim Afinogenov as well as the acquisition of Pavel Kubina directly correlate to this team wanting to succeed with Kovalchuk.

So lets go over some facts.  The consensus rumors cite Kovalchuk wanting the league maximum over a ten year span, a total he certainly deserves.  By the CBA agreement, the maximum allows for 20 percent of the teams cap.  As the cap currently stands at 56.8 million and looks to stay within that range with our booming economy, our Russian star stands to make at least 11.36 million a year.

By my calculations even if Kovalchuk does sign at this maximum contract at the maximum cap hit, the Thrashers boast over 20 million worth of cap dollars left on their budget.  How many other teams can say they have this much room? Better yet, how many teams already have surrounded Kovy with teammates he thrives with due to both nationality and chemistry?

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Goalie Starters 12/12/2009

New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

Goalie Starters 10/22/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 03:47PM:

  • No word yet, but Chris Osgood and Nikolai Khabibulin are likely for tonight.  More updates to come/links to confirm.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 02:47PM:

  • Jon Quick is starting in net tonight and will continue there for the foreseeable future according to Rich Hammond.  Hammond recently sat down with coach Terry Murray about the team’s goalie  situation.  Click here for the full Q & A.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is a guarantee to be in net tonight seeing as it is a division rival.  Steve Valiquette‘s effort against San Jose certainly did not help his cause…

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 02:25PM:

  • John Glennon reports here that Pekka Rinne will start tonight.  Seems like Trotz is using a 1, 1A approach with his two promising netminders.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 02:00PM:

  • Jaroslav Halak will be in again, per Habs Inside/Out.  Click here for the full entry.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 01:32PM:

  • Martin Biron in for the Islanders tonight.  Chris Botta has the full story here.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 01:19PM:

  • Ray Emery will start against Boston.  Tim Thomas also re-confirmed.  Read the entire entry from Kevin Kurz at On The Fly here.
  • Lightning Insider writes here that Mike Smith will start tonight against San Jose. 
  • This preview here mentions Ilya Bryzgalov as expected to start in goal. 

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 12:19PM:

  • Steve Harris of the Boston Herald expects Tim Thomas to be in goal here
  • Chris Vivlamore reports here that Ondrej Pavelec will be in net tonight.
  • Per James Gordon of Hockey Capital, Pascal Leclaire will start tonight against Nashville.  Click here to read the whole preview.

UPDATED 10/22/2009 @ 10:19AM:

  • Tarik El-Bashir believes Semyon Varlamov will play again tonight against the Thrashers.  He mentions the injury to Jose Theodore here, noting that he will backup despite being ready to return.
  • This feature entry here by Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice implies Martin Brodeur starting tonight.
  • Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers reports here that Mathieu Garon will start tonight against his former team.
  • As previously mentioned, Alex Auld will start in goal tonight against the Kings.  Mike Heika mentions this at the end of his entry here.

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have any tips, email them to me at

Year-to-date Predictions: 170/172= 98.8%

-Alexander Monaghan

Goalie Starters 10/17/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 06:21PM: 

  • Osgood confirmed here

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 06:09PM: 

  • Nabokov confirmed here.  Scroll through the comments.

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 05:49PM: 

  • Luongo confirmed here

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 05:12PM: 

  • Andy Strickland’s twitter states Ty Conklin will be in net.  Click here and see for yourself. 
  • No updates for a while, probables for tonight:  Jon Quick, Evgeni Nabokov, Cam Ward, Chris Osgood, Niklas Backstrom and Roberto Luongo.  More updates when I get them. 

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 03:48PM:

  • This Fluto Shinzawa’s projection has Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov facing each other tonight. 

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 02:58PM:

  • Patrick Lalime will make his first start of the night according to this Sabres Edge entry.  A) This makes sense as Ryan Miller has started every game so far.  B) Typing Lalime’s name is simply painful, just thinking about him gives me Cloutier type nightmares.

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 12:48PM:

  • Craig Anderson is in net for the eighth straight game.  Confirmed here
  • Marc Andre Fleury is expected in net, per the Post-Gazette.
  • Mike Heika projects Alex Auld against Christobal Huet here.  More updates to come if anything changes.

UPDATED: 10/17/2009 @ 11:20AM:

  • Damien Cristodero writes here that Antero Niittymaki will start against Pittsburgh tonight. 
  • Martin Biron is probable tonight against San Jose, per Chris Botta here.  Very likely scenario considering the rotation and Dwayne Roloson’s poor performance last night. 
  • According to this John Glennon post here, Dan Ellis will be in net tonight against Washington.  I’ll keep you updated if there are any changes. 
  • David Pollack comments here that he still does not know who will be in net for the Sharks tonight. 
  • Martin Brodeur confirmed here.  
  • Steve Mason is projected here by Tom Reed.  Mathieu Garon will get a start within the next four games. 
  • Jonas Hiller is mentioned here, he is probable for tonight. 
  • This feature article here has Pascal Leclaire facing the Canadiens.  Carey Price is in net per Habs Inside/Out

UPDATED: 10/16/2009 @ 11:42PM:

  • According to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, Johan Hedberg will be in net tonight.  He states this in a comment in this post here.
  • Semyon Varlamov will make the start in net tonight with Braden Holtby his backup.  Jose Theodore was held out of practice today due to a “sharp pain.”  Click here to read more on the subject.
  • Steve Zipay reports here that Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight here.  Although he claims nothing is official yet, I would call it a safe bet.
  • Through the process of elimination Joey MacDonald will start against the Rangers.  Read all about it here.  The Leafs’ official website also projects him here with James Reimer backing him up.

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have any tips, email them to me at 

Year-to-date Predictions: 120/122= 98.4%

-Alexander Monaghan

Goalie Starters 10/16/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED: 10/16/2009 @ 04:42PM:

  • According to this preview here, Josh Harding will start tonight for Minnesota. 

UPDATED: 10/16/2009 @ 04:12PM:

  • Ray Emery confirmed here

UPDATED: 10/16/2009 @ 03:32PM:

  • Ryan Miller confirmed here.  Interesting to not see Martin Biron vs. Ryan Miller, always loved that rivalry.

UPDATED: 10/16/2009 @ 02:34PM:

  • This preview here mentions the goalie duel between Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff.
  • Roloson confirmed here
  • Chris Vivlamore confirms Pavelec for tonight and Hedberg tomorrow night here
  • Tim Thomas confirmed here.  Fluto Shinzawa burned me on Rask starting Monday, but I’ve made my peace 🙂

UPDATED: 10/16/2009 @ 12:46PM:

  • Hey there guys, I’m still weeding through the sources for expected starters.  Your likely starters for tonight are: Tim Thomas, Ryan Miller, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ray Emery, Niklas Backstrom, Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff.  No sources have confirmed them yet, but that usually means that the starter will be in net.  More to come later!
  • Marty Turco again confirmed here

UPDATED: 10/15/2009 @ 08:46PM:

  • Jacques Martin confirmed that Martin Brodeur will be in net tonight.  Yann Danis should make his Devils debut on Saturday against Carolina.  Meanwhile, Johan Hedberg will make his debut either tonight or at some other point this weekend.  Coach John Anderson was non-commital whether it would be Ondrej Pavelec or Hedberg.  Read the rest of the story here, including info on Kari Lehtonen‘s injury.
  • Chris Botta has Dwayne Roloson in his projected lineup here.
  • Mike Heika reports here that Marc Crawford intends to play Marty Turco tonight, with Alex Auld starting Saturday
  • Scott Clemmensen makes the start tonight according to the Miami Herald.

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have any tips, email them to me at


Year-to-date Predictions: 108/110= 98.2%

-Alexander Monaghan