December 9, 1998 |
We can safely assume this is not what the Flyers or John Vanbiesbrouck had in mind. The Beezer, the free-agent goalie the Flyers signed for $3.5 million a year over the summer, was yanked after 40 minutes last night, yanked after allowing three goals on five shots in a horrific second period. The Flyers eventually came back to tie the host New Jersey Devils, 5-5, and none of the three goalies on display - Vanbiesbrouck, Ron Hextall or the Devils' Martin Brodeur - emerged as the favorite for the Vezina Trophy.
March 19, 1998 |
Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said there was "no chance" he would trade for Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. "He hasn't exactly done a lot for them this season, has he?" Clarke asked yesterday. The Panthers, 18-36-12, are winless in their last 12 games. Vanbiesbrouck, who stoned the Flyers in the 1996 playoffs, has a 2.89 goals-against and a .898 save percentage. Of course, given Clarke's record on being truthful with reporters, the Beezer is probably lugging his equipment through Philadelphia International Airport as you read this.
June 2, 1998 |
Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck probably won't return to the Florida Panthers next season, his agent, Lloyd Friedland, said yesterday. The goalie who took the Panthers to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. His agent said there has been no discussion for six months. Panthers general manager Bryan Murray said the agent turned down a $10.5 million offer that included a two-year extension, and asked for $13.5 million. PREDATORS: FIRST PLAYER The expansion Nashville Predators acquired their first player, right wing Marian Cisar, from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations.
February 11, 2000 |
It was an absolutely ridiculous loss. In order for the Flyers to fall, 3-2, to the visiting Edmonton Oilers last night, the home team had to: Miss better than half a dozen open nets. Have its embattled, 36-year-old, No. 1 goalie, John Vanbiesbrouck, reach up for a shot that was high and wide and somehow put the puck in his own net. And, get a goal taken away that would have been perfectly legal a week ago, a goal that might still have been legal last night, had referee Dave Jackson been in a better position to see it. That's a deadly trifecta.
June 26, 2000 |
A month ago, when the Flyers' season ended, it seemed likely goalie John Vanbiesbrouck would return for at least one more year as the backup to Brian Boucher, the rookie who supplanted the Beezer down the stretch and led the Flyers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final series. That certainly was what Boucher wanted - he spoke eloquently at the team breakup press gathering about how much he enjoyed Vanbiesbrouck's mentoring, how comfortable he was working with the veteran. And Vanbiesbrouck seemed amenable, as well, even though he knew the Flyers were unlikely to exercise their $3.5 million contract option for a backup goalie.
December 19, 1991 |
Just in case you haven't been keeping up with the latest fads in the NHL, you should know that goalie tandems are passe. The trend lately is for each team to establish a strong No. 1 (although the Flyers certainly haven't done this). In Edmonton, Bill Ranford has played in 30 of the Oilers' 34 games. In Boston, Andy Moog has played in 25 of 31. In Detroit, Tim Cheveldae has played in an amazing 34 of 34, although he hasn't played every minute. This brings us to New York, and the league's most productive 1990-91 tandem, John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter.
February 15, 1999 |
The Flyers' goal-tending had a lot to do with the two losses that opened this road trip. It had a lot to do with yesterday's 4-4 tie with Colorado as well - but in a different way. "It was his point," Flyers captain Eric Lindros said, with a nod toward goalie John Vanbiesbrouck. "We did nothing to deserve it . . . We've got to start giving the guy some help. " The Beezer might have played one of his best games of the season, and he still gave up four goals. That says something about the Avalanche's firepower, and something about the Flyers' defensive efforts.
March 5, 1999 |
On Dec. 5, 1981, the New York Rangers had to play at the Colorado Rockies, with both goalies, John Davidson and Steve Baker, suffering from groin pulls. The call went out for an 18-year-old kid playing junior at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a fourth-round draft pick the previous June named John Vanbiesbrouck. "Things were different back then. I don't think they were overly happy to see me," the Beezer said yesterday, before watching Jean-Marc Pelletier become the youngest goalie ever to start a game for the Flyers, absorbing an undeserved 5-0 beating from the Ottawa Senators on his 21st birthday.
March 17, 2000 |
As games go, it was pretty darned forgettable. The main thing to come out of the Flyers' diligent but unspectacular 1-1 tie with the visiting Montreal Canadiens last night was a third successive strong performance in net by John Vanbiesbrouck, the 36-year-old veteran who seemed written out of the postseason plans a few weeks back. Vanbiesbrouck got successive starts for the first time this month, and allowed a lone goal in each, doing a solid job in Monday's 4-1 victory at Phoenix, as well.
December 18, 1998 |
Clearly, this was not a journey John Vanbiesbrouck looked forward to making. The Beezer, all 5 foot, 8 inches and 176 pounds of him, is not looking for goaltending's welterweight title, especially at age 35. But he saw his counterpart, Calgary's Jean-Sebastien Giguere, storm out of the crease to grab angry Flyer Roman Vopat, who was looking for someone to fight after some rough stuff had transpired in the corner. Giguere might have been afraid Vopat would do harm to 35-year-old Calgary defenseman Steve Smith, who came out of retirement this season after serving as an assistant coach last year.