Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bolts are goalie shopping. What a shock!

After their disappointing third place finish in the division, the Lightning are looking to pick up a number one goalie in the off season.

The Bolts had the league's worst goals-against and save percentages, and you're not going anywhere like that, as I said repeatedly on this blog. It's looking like Steve Yzerman has his eye on Vancouver's Cory Schneider.

Schneider is a restricted free agent, so it will take a big trade to get him. But Stevie Y has got a ton of draft picks stocked up - 2 first rounders (10th and 23rd) and 4 second rounders, that would make any team salivate.

Schneider has a lot of upsides to him being only 26 years old and through 68 games in the NHL, has a 38-17-4 record, with a 2.24 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.

This is probably the best deal out there for the Bolts who desperately need to upgrade their net. Stars like Martin St. Louis have said the only thing keeping him on this team is his belief that they can get things turned around next season.

Here's hoping.

Though the Sox lost last night 7-3 to the Blue Jays, Daniel Bard's first outing as a starter wasn't nearly as bad as the score might indicate.

The converted closer gave up 7 hits, all singles and actually exited the game with only a 3-1 deficit in the sixth. Some better work from the bullpen, and the Sox might have had a win.

The bats have been strangely ineffective for Boston so far this season, which I'm sure will change. But Bobby V's gonna have to get this bullpen to get it together quickly or they're going to get in a hole real early.

Valentine's taking the heat for the loss, saying he should have pulled the one reliever a bit earlier. So there's that. But the responsibility is on the players to perform as well.

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