Montgomery's Unexpected Statement On Bruins Goaltending

Published October 7, 2023 at 12:24
Coach Montgomery has made it explicit that the Boston Bruins' goaltending tandem, consisting of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman, will maintain a stable rotation unless an exceptional performance or injury dictates otherwise. This strategic choice proved fruitful as the duo clinched the William Jennings Trophy last season.

In his recent media briefing on Friday, Montgomery reaffirmed,
"We're adhering to the same philosophy as last year - both goalies will receive their opportunities. We won't overly rely on one individual."

Linus Ullmark's previous season was nothing short of spectacular, culminating in his win of the 2023 Vezina Trophy. With a record of 40-6-1, a 1.89 GAA, and a .938 save percentage, the 30-year-old goaltender led the NHL in wins, GAA, and save percentage. This achievement placed him among the elite, becoming only the eighth goalie in NHL history to top all three categories, a feat unmatched since Carey Price in 2014-15.

However, both Ullmark and Swayman understand the importance of continuously earning their starts. Ullmark emphasized,
"No one gets free passes; you have to keep proving yourself."

Swayman, fresh from a strong season boasting a 24-6-4 record, a 2.27 GAA, and a .920 save percentage, secured a new one-year, $3.47 million contract via arbitration this past July.

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Montgomery's Unexpected Statement On Bruins Goaltending

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