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NHL Playoffs: Requirements for A Backup Goalie

Well, it looks like the goaltending tandem of the Hershey Bears will be manning the pipes to start the 2012 NHL Playoffs for the Washington Capitals. With Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin up with the big club in DC, the two will have to adjust to the faster game and higher intensity of play in the playoffs. Holtby has some recent NHL experience, while Sabourin hasn’t played in the NHL since early 2009 and has only 2 career NHL playoff games on his resume. Just in case he’s forgotten, we’ve come up with a list of requirements for a backup NHL goaltender in the playoffs.

Bill Ranford: One-time 31 Year Old Backup Goalie

-A back-up will have to wear many hats. Usually it’s an Official NHL Team Hat, but sometimes it’s a trucker cap.

-A cool demeanor and a steady hand.  You’ll need one to hold a clipboard and track shots.

-The ability to jump into a situation cold. You know, like Dale Hunter coaching the Caps…

-A catchy nickname ending in ‘y’ that people can chant if you come in and save the day, like ‘Var-ly’ or ‘Noo-vy’. ‘Dan-y’ just seems tailor-made for chanting… hopefully not by a couple thousand Bruins fans behind him.

-Fan support. Anyone with an old Ken Sabourin jersey from the early ’90s need only change out the number and you’re set to root for Dany. Although dont expect many buyers for that extra #8 you’ll be trying to unload…

-Familiarity with the other team. Dany Sabourin played on a Providence Bruins team with Brad Marchand and Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins. Knowing their shootout moves should be very helpful this time of year…

-Experience. Sabourin is 31 years old. The only time the Caps made the finals, they also had a 31 year old back-up. Although that guy had 230 NHL wins, a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy at the time…

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