Player review: Matt Climie, Brent Krahn

April, 21, 2010
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We continue our player reviews of the Dallas Stars. Check out our previous reviews on the Stars blog.

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Glenn James/NNHLI/Getty ImagesMatt Climie was 21-17- 3 with three shutouts, a 2.46 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Today's player: Matt Climie, Brent Krahn (and backup goalie candidates)

You may find it odd that we've added Climie and Kranh to our list, but it's possible that one of them could be the backup to Kari Lehtonen next season.

Climie was called up the Dallas and even made a start late in the season, making 33 of 38 saves in a loss to the Blackhawks.

Climie was 21-17- 3 with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage at Texas in 43 games played. He also had three shutouts. He's another one of those taller goalies at 6-foot-3 and he's 27 years old. So if he's going to show that he can handle the NHL, it's now. (BTW, other goalies -- like Marty Turco -- came into their own around that age).

Climie, by the way, had three appearance in the NHL in 2008-09 with a 2-1-0 record and a 2.92 GAA with a .894 save percentage. He played most of that season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and got 27 wins in 42 games.

The Stars like size in their goalies and Climie certainly has that. But general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has some other options to consider. Jussi Rynnas, from Finland, has visited several teams, including the Stars and could be a candidate to join the team.

The 28-year-old Brent Krahn, who played in Texas with Climie this past season, is also a possibility. And interestingly, Krahn has started in the playoffs because he's been on a hot streak. He was 17-4-0 with a 1.83 GAA and a .945 save percentage.

In the first two games of the playoffs, Krahn allowed just two goals in 120 minutes, a 1.00 GAA and a .967 save percentage. Krahn battled a groin injury and has had four knee surgeries to keep his NHL dream alive. You can read all about him here.

BTW, Krahn also has the best nickname among Stars' prospects. Brent "Wrath of" Krahn might just earn a job because of the marketing possibilities associated with such a name. Imagine William Shatner getting involved. Sounds like a winner to me.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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