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In The Crease: Fast starters

Goalies who played in AHL and Europe during lockout have an edge

Updated: January 23, 2013, 5:21 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh | ESPN.com

As this abbreviated NHL season moved closer to reality, one theory espoused by some analysts was that players who participated in professional leagues somewhere -- either the KHL or some other European league or the AHL here in North America -- would be at an advantage for quick starts. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun mentioned this concept in analyzing the opening-night win for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This makes sense: While most modern hockey players stay in reasonably good shape during the offseason, ...

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