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Sebastien Caron from the Iserlohn Roosters in the DEL will be returning to the NHL. This time….with Tampa.

Not much is known yet, but the Iserlohn Roosters website says that Caron will be heading to the Lightning, as his team has been eliminated from the DEL playoffs. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

Caron was a fourth-round pick in 1999 and is a butterfly goaltender best known for his great save from Brian Savage against the Philadelphia Flyers. This save came early in the 2005–2006 season with his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The puck went off the left goal post. Savage then tried to tip the puck in the goal but Caron quickly scooped the puck up with his glove almost on the goal line. Caron was also known for allowing a 170 foot shot byWashington Capitals defenseman Ivan Majesky. He started the season as backup to Jocelyn Thibault and ended it as back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury. (more…)


Brad Thiessen

Posted: March 7, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images North America

The Good: Thiessen is an athletic goaltender with a good five-hole, vision and solid lateral movement. He has quick feet, and has shown a willingness to challenge shooters.  He is very sound technically and boasts a very calm demeanor. Thiessen has proven capable of dominating lower levels, such as college, AHL and ECHL. To prove this fact, he boasted a 35-8-1 record with WB/Scranton of the AHL in 2010-2011. His play makes Brent Johnson expendable, and he could land a backup gig to M-A Fleury in the near future. (more…)

Pittsburgh Penguins Depth Chart

Posted: February 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, Pittsburgh Penguins

  1.  Marc-Andre Fleury
  2. Brent Johnson
  3. Brad Thiessen
  4. Mattias Modig
  5. Patrick Killeen
  6. Alexander Pechurski
  7. Scott Munroe

Brent Johnson

Posted: January 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Pittsburgh Penguins

The Good: Brent Johnson Has tremendous size for a goaltender (Ht: 6-3 Wt: 199). He shows a good glove hand and the ability to play the puck effectively. Johnson’s most famous moments have to be 2 fights last season against the New York Islanders. He took on Michael Haley, an enforcer who can only fight, and Rick Dipietro, whom to nobody’s surprised, was injured and missed the rest of the season. Johnson has proven to be a reliable backup goaltender after starting with the Blues many years ago. Is it fair to say that he could potentially be another late-bloomer in the mold of a Timmy Thomas? Kind of the goalie that always flew under the radar mainly because he was never given a fair shot, or the benefit of the doubt? Whatever the case may be, at only 600K, he’s definitely been one hell of a bargain for the Pens. (more…)

Marc-Andre Fleury

Posted: January 20, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo by Ron Morin

The Good: Marc-Andre is an excellent goaltender with supreme ability. Fleury is lightning quick, moves well around his crease, and has a flair for making the dramatic save, often with his glove hand as when he stopped Alexander Ovechkin on a breakaway in Game 7 of the fabled Pittsburgh-Washington playoff series in 2009. An aggressive butterfly-style goalie, he’s capable of making highlight-reel saves look routine. He has proven to be able to lead a team deep in the playoffs, and make clutch saves. More mentally prepared than ever before, Fleury is primed to have an excellent season on a team without Crosby. He’ll look quieter in the crease and act smarter both on and off the ice. Even with last season’s early struggles, Fleury still won 36 games, posted a 2.32 GAA and was 13th in shots faced (1,742).  (more…)