Around The Rink: A little perspective



How long will it be until we stop using the goals-against average and save percentage as an accurate reflection of a goaltender's worth? For eight straight seasons and nine of the past 11 seasons, the best GAA in the league has been below two goals per game. Yet, none of the goaltenders who posted those numbers went on to win a Cup.
In fact, the last goalie to lead the league in GAA during the regular season and go on to win a Cup was Ken Dryden back in 1978-79. The Hall of Famer posted a 2.30 GAA. For the record, the last time the league-leading GAA was 2.50 or higher was 1992-93, when Toronto's Felix Potvin had the best mark at 2.50. It's a good bet this season, the benchmark will be at least that high.


Take a quick glance around the Lightning dressing room and you might think you've wandered backstage at one of those aging rock and roll tours with the preponderance of shoulder-length hair. There's No. 1 netminder John Grahame looking as though he might play a few sets with Steppenwolf and captain Dave Andreychuk looking like he's worked out with Tom Petty.
"Mid-life crisis. I don't know," Andreychuk explained wiping his sweaty, gray-black locks from his eyes. "Seven days in a row now [Tortorella] told me to cut it. It's coming soon." You bet it is. Tortorella quipped he thought Andreychuk would have found time to get to a barber during the team's mid-week sojourn in Atlantic City. "This week," Tortorella promised.