Good day, fantasy hockey players. For the last couple of weeks we’ve heard clamoring over our current rankings. Well, chirp no longer as this list of starting goalies will be shortly amended to reflect this season’s progression. Keep in mind that these rankings are a mix of actual game play and how their counting stats stack up as we try to find the perfect blend.
Instead of ranking players in numbers, we will be assigning arbitrary numbers to each goalie. These numbers have nothing to do with auction drafts, they are simply to notate comparative value. Knowledgeable debate is more-than-encouraged; you may even be able to sway my vote in the future.
$32 Jonathan Quick
$30 Jimmy Howard
$30 Tim Thomas
$29 Henrik Lundqvist
$28 Marc-Andre Fleury
Quick gets the top seat in the League with his stellar play. Leading the League in shutouts while sporting a tidy .936 save percentage seals the deal for me. Combine those gaudy numbers with starting 21 of 26 games and you have yourself a keeper. Jimmy Howard and Tim Thomas make a close second as they figure tochallenge for the Vezina Trophy. Atlantic Division stalwarts Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury round out the top five but would likely rank higher if they didn’t play in that ultra-competitive bracket.
$26 Pekka Rinne
$25 Antti Niemi
$25 Carey Price
$25 Tomas Vokoun
$25 Roberto Luongo
$24 Ilya Bryzgalov
$23 Nikolai Khabibulin
$22 Mike Smith
$22 Brian Elliott
$22 Niklas Backstrom
$21 Corey Crawford
$20 Kari Lehtonen
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has today felt the need to state that he doesn’t believe star striker Darren Bent will leave the club in the January transfer.
This seems like a strange statement considering he hasn’t really been linked with a move to another team.
Asked if he would find it difficult to keep Bent at Villa Park McLeish told the press: “I don’t think so. I’ve not heard anything. As far as I’m concerned, he’s here for the long run.
“We need him. He’s a terrific finisher. Sometimes he only needs one chance. That’s the value of someone like Darren Bent. If we can create one or two sniffs (of a goal), then Darren will be in there.”
Bent is that rare breed, a striker who guarantees you goals. The amount of money teams have spent on him already throughout his career suggests that he has a rare talent. He isn’t the most technically gifted player but he has the ability to be in the right place at the right time.
Darren Bent is a goal poacher in the truest meaning of the term. However the striker is often criticised for not much more than scoring goals, for not contributing enough to the build up of attacks. I believe that’s why people have questioned his place in the England team.
Darren Bent has to be playing regular first team football to find his best form. He has achieved regular first team football at Villa and before that at Sunderland. However when he was at Tottenham he struggled to get into the team.
There were also accusations that the striker couldn’t handle being at a bigger club after playing at smaller clubs like Ipswich and Charlton. Bent has matured a lot since his days warming the Tottenham bench though.
If he moved to a bigger club than Aston Villa he could again find himself sitting on the bench and not seeing the playing time he desires. The 27 year-old has to be playing regular first team football if he is to retain his place in the England team for next summers European Championship.
The striker has gained a regular place in the England team by playing and scoring regularly at club level. If Bent loses that by moving elsewhere then I don’t think he would still be considered a regular for the national team.
According to the Daily Mail, Yaya Toure of Manchester City, formerly of FC Barcelona, has said that if City win the Premier League in 2011-12 he will go absolutely ’crazy’.
By the looks of it, Toure may be able to pop the champagne by Christmas.
City stayed unbeaten after thrashing Norwich City 5-1 at Etihad Stadium, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, and Adam Johnson.
“At Barcelona, it was sometimes so easy to play because we were a lot better than other teams so to play as a defender in the Champions League final was not as difficult as you might think,” said Toure.
“We were amazing that year so it was not that hard.
“Here at City we have different challenges and to me the Premier League means everything. You have to understand that I mean that.
“One time when I was still in Spain I saw Kolo [Toure] and [Didier] Drogba when I was with the national team. A few months earlier Drogba had won the Premier League.
“I said, ‘Didier I saw you on the TV and you were so happy. I have never seen you like that. Why was that?’
“He told me it was because it’s just so hard to win the Premier League that the happiness is like nothing before.