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In the Crease: Backups to watch

Updated: February 5, 2013, 2:26 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh | ESPN.com

Hockey goaltenders are perhaps the most unique figures in professional sports, but there are some attributes that they share with other members of the paid athlete community. For instance, much as the backup QB can be the most popular man in some NFL towns, so can the backup netminder in some NHL hubs, especially when the starter is struggling.

In general, a struggling starter will regain his value at some point down the line. So when I see a player such as Cam Ward or Henrik ...

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