Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bound For Buffalo

The Sabres acquired goaltender Mikael Tellqvist to fill in for Ryan Miller. Tellqvist has backed up Henrik Lundqvist on the Swedish National team and isn't a terrible goaltender. He is 29 years old, survived some bad Toronto teams early in his career and has been solid as Ilya Bryzgalov's backup. Tellqvist started just 13 games this season and has a 2.86 gaa and a .907 save percentage. In his first season with Phoenix ('06-07) he was prone to melt downs which he has pretty much kicked that tendency.

Tellqvist is no Miller and really isn't any more of a starter than Patrick Lalime so you can pretty much expect Lindy Ruff to ride whoever gets on a hot streak. Tellqvist is more of a band-aid than a solution so the Rangers shouldn't be too worried. Perhaps Miller isn't as hurt as everyone thinks he is ...

Interesting fact, Tellqvist learned from our old Islander friend Tommy Soderstrom back when he was coming up in the Swedish Elite League with Djurgardens. Even more interesting is what Phoenix will do with their backup spot now. Former Ranger Al Montoya has been a bust - 4-11-2, 3.60 and .875 - and is backing up Josh Tordjman with the AHL cellar-dweller San Antonio Rampage. Tordjman has been on the farm for a while but has never shown any NHL ability so perhaps the Yotes will swing another deal soon.

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