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In a draft day surprise, the Vancouver Canucks relieved their goaltending logjam in a surprising manner. Numbers Game looks at the deal sending Cory Schneider to New Jersey. The Devils Get: G Cory Schneider. Schneider, 27, has a save percentage of .931 over the last three seasons, best among goaltenders with at least 75 games and was expected to be the Vancouver Canucks goaltender of the future, but their inability to move out Roberto Luongo and his sizeable contract, left a Schneider deal as the only viable solution to Vancouvers financial and goaltending concerns. However, for a variety of reasons, Schneider is a 27-year-old that has yet to play even 35 games in an NHL season and if hes going to be a top-tier starting goaltender, its about time to take on a starters workload and maintain the high level of play hes established in his limited NHL playing time. In New Jersey, the Devils have Martin Brodeur, who has been the backbone of the franchise for nearly two decades, but Brodeur has a .905 save percentage over the last three seasons, which ranks 29th out of 31 goaltenders to have played at least 100 games, and hes 41-years-old, so its entirely understandable that the Devils are looking to upgrade. The question is how will the Devils allocate playing time next season? Its the final year of Brodeurs contract and, based on recent play, Schneider has to be the starter. If Schneider gets 55-60 games next year, that would leave Brodeur with his fewest games played since 1991-1992 (though 29 games in a lockout-shortened 2013 season is his lowest since too). Additionally, veteran Johan Hedberg has another year left on his contract, at a $1.4-million cap hit, and he struggled in 2012-2013 (posting an .883 save percentage), but Hedberg could be moved to a team seeking a veteran backup goaltender though, at that price, the Devils may need to eat some of the salary in order to make Hedberg a more palatable option. Goaltending was such a problem last season for New Jersey, a team that had some of the best possession numbers but also the 28th-ranked save percentage in the league, so its possible that Schneider could solve that issue. New Jersey currently has tons of cap room, but is a team with financial concerns and some high-profile pending free agents, including Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. If they depart, that could affect those strong possession stats going forward. Schneider is under contract for a couple more seasons, at a cap hit of $4.0-million, leaving New Jersey with $9.9-million tied in to three goalies. That may just be a short-term issue, since the Devils dont appear to be a cap team for next season and both Brodeur and Hedberg are heading into the final year of their respective contracts. So long as Schneider makes it as a bona fide starting goaltender, the Devils have to be very happy with this deal. The uncertainty of a ninth overall pick (from 1994-2008, six of 15 ninth picks would be considered fringe NHLers or worse) makes the cost quite reasonable for an established NHLer who still has a chance to be a star. The Canucks Get: The ninth overall pick (used to take C Bo Horvat). Horvat is a highly-regarded two-way player, who scored 33 goals and 61 points in 67 regular season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, adding 16 goals and 23 points in 21 playoff games. Hes a two-way centre who had some offensive upside and gives the Canucks some much-needed forward talent in the organization. At the same time, Horvat isnt necessarily providing immediate help. He could use time to improve his skating and a year of strong production in the OHL may give him a better chance to make an impact when he does arrive in the NHL. Provided he reconciles himself to the idea of returning to Vancouver, Roberto Luongo should be back in line for 60-plus starts next season. In 20 games last season, Luongo had a .907 save percentage, his lowest since .904 in 1999-2000, his rookie season. With a .919 save percentage in 747 career games, however, Luongo should be expected to play well as a starter for at least a few more seasons. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Authentic Air Jordan UK Shoes . LOUIS -- St. Cheap Air Jordan UK For Sale . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. Discount Air Jordan UK Online . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Air Jordan From China . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. Twenty-two years between Test appearances is a record unlikely to be beaten - made even more unusual by the fact that they came for two different countries. At the age of 22, in 1970, John Traicos was picked to play for South Africa in what turned out to be their last series before sporting isolation. At the time, Traicos Rhodesian side played as a province in South Africas Currie Cup competition.Fast forward to 1992 and Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) had just been granted Test status. One of their automatic selections was a certain 45-year-old offspinner.Traicos remembers how surprised he was to get his first Test cap while still at university. The Australians had been thrashed in the first match of the series, and it seemed unlikely South Africa would make changes for the next game. I was only in my second season of first-class cricket and had limited bowling success, Traicos says. At that stage, I believe that I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time when South Africa were looking for a spin bowler, and somebody up there must have thought that I could do the job.One person not surprised by the call-up was former South Africa spinner Xenophon Balaskas - another, like Traicos, with a Greek background, rare in cricket. Balaskas, who was a successful coach after he retired from cricket, spotted the youngsters potential and appetite for hard work early. He coached at two clinics I attended, in 1966 and 1970, Traicos remembers. Although he coached the legspinners, he passed on invaluable tips, which were extremely useful at that early stage of my career. I know that he helped Jackie Du Preez, the Rhodesian legspinner, at the 1966 clinic by getting him to use his left arm more. Jackie told me that the advice was instrumental in his bowling success in the 1966-67 season, which resulted in Jackie playing in two Tests against Bobby Simpsons Australian team.A debut against one of the best teams in the world could have been a daunting experience, but Traicos managed just fine, and his economical bowling played a part in the next three matches - resulting in a 4-0 home whitewash.He appreciates just how strong the South Africans were. Australia seldom got the upper hand or a match-winning position, he says. The South Africa team was a powerful all-round side. It had great batting depth. Barry Richards and Lee Irvine added strength and depth to a line-up led by Graeme Pollock, Eddie Barlow, Trevor Goddard, Ali Bacher and Tiger Lance. Then, Denis Lindsay and Mike Procter came in after the specialist batsmen.It was a very penetrative bowling attack, spearheaded by Peter Pollock and Procter, and supported by Goddard, Barlow and Pat Trimborn. Australia struggled with the pace of Pollock and Procter. Some of their players, such as Graham McKenzie, were a little jaded after a tough series in India.Finally, we were an excellent fielding side that held all its catches, close to the wicket and in the outfield.Traicos remembers with amusement his teams attempts to play Australian mystery spinner John Gleeson. His offbreak-legbreak combinations were difficult to read, with the offbreak proving particularly hard to decipher. After discussion in one team meeting by the key batsmen - Pollock, Richards and Barlow - Eddie Barlow said that he had worked it all out but would let everyone know after the next match, the third Test, in Johannesburg.Eddie went out to bat at No. 5, when Gleeson was bowling, and danced down the wicket to clip his second ball for four through midwicket. He turned towards the pavilion to let the players know that he had read the offbreak right. Two balls later he was stumped by three yards off a legbreak after what he thought was the offspinner. As he walked into the changing room, Lance said, Eddie - you certainly read it well.Traicos and many of his team-mates knew that the political situation would soon affect South Africas sporting contact with other countries. His own potential Test career was cut short after that series. Some, such as Barry Richards, Lee Irvine and Mike Procter, hoped that things might improve, he says. Others in the next generation, such as Allan Lamb and Kepler Wessels, looked to play Tests overseas.The cricket series organised by Ali Bacher and the South African Cricket Union in the 1980s, with rebel tours by West Indies, Australia and England, provided players with the chance to play against quality teams but did not really keep alive hopes of a return to Test cricket.Was he ever tempted to play as an overseas professional during the wilderness years? The thought of playing county cricket did cross my mind, he says. However, I was very committed to a teaching contract in the early 1970s - followed by studies to become a lawyer. Once the children came along, playing overseas was not really a consideration.Zimbabwe were strong in their first decade in international cricket. Traicos remembers two high-profile World Cup successes that strengthened their hopes of eventually gaining full Test status.In 1983 we surprised ourselves by defeating Australia, largely through playing disciplined cricket and never givving up, especially when we were struggling with six or seven down for very little and then fielding like men possessed to hold all our catches - restricting Australia to secure a famous victory.ddddddddddddDuncan Fletchers contribution as captain and allrounder was outstanding.In 1992, Zimbabwe did not think their score of 130-plus would be enough against an England team that had reached the semi-finals. The game was turned on its head by superlative fast bowling from Eddo Brandes, who took the first four wickets - [Graham] Gooch, Lamb, [Robin] Smith and [Graeme] Hick - in devastating fashion on a deteriorating pitch, Traicos says. Once again, the fielding was outstanding.He recalls that there was no end of drinks bought for us after beating Australia at Trent Bridge, and in 1992 there was not an Australian in Albury who did not want to celebrate beating the Poms.As an integral part of the Zimbabwean side through the 1980s till readmission to Test status in 1992, Traicos was ideally placed to note the teams strengths. Overall, there was more strength and balance to our teams during that time than we appreciated, he says.The team was generally well led, with a strong emphasis on fitness and fielding, which enabled us to compete effectively at international level. We held most of our catches and reduced batting targets or put pressure on sides batting second.Our training regime was initially established by Mike Procter when he played for Zimbabwe in the early 1970s. It was developed as part of our work ethic in the 1980s through intensive training sessions under the guidance of Springbok rugby player Ian Robertson.We were fortunate to have an abundance of good allrounders. Duncan Fletcher, Kevin Curran, Ian Butchart, Peter Rawson and Eddo Brandes played in most of the teams during that time - providing considerable batting depth as well as a balanced bowling attack that could compete well in most conditions.When Test status was finally granted, almost a generation had passed since Traicos had walked off the field at Port Elizabeth in 1970.Playing Test cricket again was an exceptional experience. I did not really believe that Zimbabwe would get Test status whilst I was still playing, he says. For Zimbabwe to have performed so well in that first series, against India, was extremely satisfying, and removed the doubts that many had that the team would not be able to cope at that level.Was he always confident about playing top-flight cricket again? I had no difficulties, as we had played in three World Cup competitions between 1983 and 1992, which had enabled us to play against Test players. Zimbabwe had regular tours, at least twice a year, from Test-playing countries throughout the 1980s, which gave us international competition on a consistent basis.That first series presented new challenges, however, and one particular Indian batsman was prominent in Zimbabwes planning. In the first Test there was some concern about bowling to Sachin Tendulkar, as we had played against him in the 1992 World Cup and remembered the flashing white blade and how he hit everything in the middle of his bat.I was lucky in that bowling one a little quicker and shorter, the ball bounced a little more and he pushed it back to be caught and bowled. I have little doubt that he would have hit it for four at any other stage of the innings. On the next few occasions that Tendulkar came in to bat and I happened to be bowling, Grant Flower would sledge him with words to the effect of Easy wicket here, Trikes - just bowl him another long hop. Needless to say, the sledge hardly lasted!The list of two-country Test players is a short one. How does Traicos look back on his experiences?He recalls that the two sides were clearly at different stages. The Tests for South Africa were played with some of the great players of that period, such as the Pollocks, Barlow and Lindsay, and upcoming stars in Richards, Procter and Irvine. The Tests for Zimbabwe were played with a developing team trying to establish itself at Test level - led by [Dave] Houghton, [Andy] Pycroft, [Kevin] Arnott and myself as established players along with up-and-coming youngsters.Now a successful businessman in Australia, Traicos still retains ties to cricket. Since migrating to Australia in 1998, I have been involved in coaching at club level in Perth, where I coached Claremont Nedlands CC for almost ten years. I have also done some specialised spin bowling coaching - all very enjoyable but always subject to time availability.Does he see any signs of a possible recovery in the state of Zimbabwean cricket after their recent slump? I am a little detached from the Zimbabwe cricket scene, he says, although I have had recent communications with Andy Waller [who coached the team until the 2015 World Cup].There is plenty of natural talent available and considerable passion for the game. However, there seem to be administrative issues that are preventing the game from developing as it should. Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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