Though Brad Treliving and his Calgary Flames brass have potentially franchise-defining contracts to broker with restricted free agents Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, the club's priority this summer is to unearth a bona fide No. 1 starter.
"We will leave no stone unturned and see where we go. It's obviously a critical position and we'll cast a wide net."
The Flames are the only team stopping pucks at a sub-.900 rate this season, and own the fifth-worst team save percentage in the two seasons since longtime starter Miikka Kiprusoff sprung for retirement.
Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo, both pending unrestricted free agents unlikely to be retained, have essentially split duties over that span, each having failed to nail down the starter's role. Joni Ortio, meanwhile, who's made the Flames' last four starts, is a restricted free agent after this season. He could return in a backup role, but owns a sub-.900 save clip for his career himself.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Conor Sheary scored twice and Matt Cullen had the go-ahead goal in the third period and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.
Pittsburgh entered the game in eighth place and in the fina...
After falling onto his knees behind the Rangers net, the 39-year-old tried to thread a pass into the slot, but the pass attempt banked off both of Marc Staal's skates and through the legs of goalie Henrik Lundqvist. With an assist, rookie Dominik Simon recorded his first career point in his NHL debut.
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His 11th goal of the year gave the Penguins a late third-period lead. The veteran now has as many goals goals this season as Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Sidney Crosby would add an empty-netter to help his team seal the victory, as the Penguins look to make the playoffs without injured forward Evgeni Malkin.