Archive for May, 2012

Blackhawks Sign 7th Round Pick Mac Carruth

Posted: May 25, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks

Per RDS, the Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Mac Carruth to a 2 year entry level contract, worth $525K deal.

A 2010 7th round pick, Carruth has shown impressive quickness and strong positioning, effectively being able to shuffle himself back and forth across the crease.

Carruth is ranked about 7th on the Hawks depth chart, behind Crawford, Emery, Hutton, Salak, Richards and Simpson.


Ducks Make Splash, Sign Swedish Star Viktor Fasth

Posted: May 21, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks made a splash Monday Afternoon, signing Swedish Goaltending Star Viktor Fasth, as per Darren Dreger of TSN. The contract is a 1-year deal worth $1,000,000. It is also a 1-way deal, meaning that if the Ducks were to send Fasth down to the minors during the regular season, any team would have the right to put a claim on him within a 24 hour period.


Playing for AIK of the Swedish Elite League, Fasth put up a spectacular .931% Save Percentage and a 2.12 Goals Against Average. The 29-year old became the first Goaltender since Henrik Lundqvist to earn two straight Honken Trophies as the best Goaltender in the SEL. Lundqvist won the trophy in the 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05 seasons.


In the 2012 IIHF World Championships, Fasth posted a .902& Save Percentage to go along with a 2.34 Goals Against Average. He finished the tournament with a 4-2-0 record, posting shutouts against Latvia and Italy in the preliminary round.


It is expected that Fasth will be backing up Jonas Hiller in the 2012-13 season, the reason why the team wasn’t afraid to give him the 1-way deal. Dan Ellis, who backed up Hiller this year, will become a UFA July 1st, and it is not expected that the Ducks will attempt to re-sign him.


The biggest change for Fasth will not only be the harder competition from moving from the SEL to the NHL, but also the size of the ice surface. He will be moving from an international-size ice surface of 200′ by 100′ to an NHL-size ice surface of 200′ by 85′. This will mean a new set of angles for Fasth to adjust to in the upcoming season.


Nonetheless, Fasth definitely provides a boost on the Goaltending front. Whether he’s good enough to be an NHL Goaltender or a bust, he will certainly bring an exciting veteran presence in the locker room.


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Iiro Tarkki, who spent the 2011-2012 season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, has signed with  Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.

On May 6, 2011, Tarkki signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Tarkki made his NHL debut for the Ducks on January 8, 2012, against the Columbus Blue Jackets, after primary goaltender Jonas Hiller was injured late in the first period. He led the Ducks to a 7–4 victory and racked up his first career NHL win.

Iiro is the younger brother of goaltender Tuomas Tarkki.

Tarkki uses his big frame well to challenge shooters and cut down angles. He picks his spots well in going into his butterfly, and is fairly quick getting back up.

Meanwhile, finnish goalie Joni Ortio will play for IFK Helsinki of the Sm-liiga on loan from the Calgary Flames.

Ortio has good reflexes, rebound control and quick lateral movement while playing with great composure and poise under pressure. The young netminder can at times show flashes of brilliance and has the mental strength to excel on breakaways or shootouts. He will have to continue improving his overall strength while adjusting to the North American style of play at the professional level and learn to play a more aggressive style against the shooter.