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Long gone are the days where before the game, a goaltender could focus simply on taping a stick, getting his skates to feel right as far as sharpness or how tight or loose he wanted his pads. These certainly are factors that go into getting ready, but with todays age of video, breakdowns and readily accessible information, there is so much more preparation that goes into the mindset of getting ready for a team. When I first started at the pro level, the research was done by word of mouth, asking around from other players about tendencies. Coaches shared info sometimes with each other but ultimately you would watch highlights from TV, that was pretty much it. Now there are so many layers to the Pre Scout. What got me thinking about it was watching Peter Mrazek make a save on Mikko Koivu in a shootout on Wednesday night between Detroit and Minnesota. If you watch his glove position as Koivu skates towards the net, you could clearly tell that Mrazek knew his move in the shootout which is a very quick forehand-to-backhand move that finishes with a top shelf shot. His glove was waiting for it, and he made it look easy. The first thing that came to my mind was that guaranteed, the goalie coach had prepared him that if the game went to the shootout, Koivu would shoot and there would be a high probability that he would use that move. In todays world, that is a reality, where everything is on video and can be called upon instantly, not only for shootouts, but for tendencies showing that a player will shoot or deke in certain instances. I remember one time my goalie coach in Calgary, Dave Marcoux (now coaching in Carolina) had some clips for me before a game we played. He spoke of potential shots I would face from certain areas and who was good at executing in tight plays. He noted that if Danny Briere was on his forehand in tight, he always looked to go underneath the bar, no matter what the option. That stuck into my mind and I ended up making a glove save that night on him - it was completely a reaction play that had been planted by my goalie coach a few hours earlier. We see this every night where a goalie anticipates but also plays the odds as to where players will defer to their strengths, whether its Phil Kessel down the wall looking for that in stride above pad blocker shot, or that Tyler Seguin underneath the bar short side shot that beats a lot of goalies with the quick release. Every player has his tendencies, and the more familiar a goaltender gets with them, the more hes able to cheat or anticipate a potential destination for the shot. The harder ones to figure out are not just the young players whom you dont have much of a read on or you havent faced before, because like I said there is video on everyone in todays world. Instead, its the players who have multiple tricks in their bag who are capable of adjusting on the fly as to what you give him as a goaltender. And believe me, just because you may know the tendency of a shooter, doesnt mean you will be able to stop him. A prime example is Steven Stamkos, who is known to be lethal from the one timer spot on the power play on the top of the circle area on his forehand. Goalies will literally know where its going and almost cheat to the shot, but its so quick, and placed so perfectly, hes still able to score. Same with Alex Ovechkin. His shot comes with so much velocity, that if youre not in the perfect position, there is no reaction to it. Now the same can be said for the Pre Scout on you as a goalie. If you have a habit of dropping your right knee to turn your body to and defer to your glove ( I call it the lean), then guys will fake, freeze you and pick your blocker (this is where Marty Brodeur can be beat in todays game). The same can be said for Jonas Hiller. If you have a clean shot on him, regardless of where its from, he plays from his knees, so the play is to fire at his ears and try and beat him under the bar. Thats what he prefers to give a shooter, and Im sure his mindset is if a player can make that shot, more power to him. The farthest back I can remember an actual Pre Scout on players that was posted in the dressing room before a game was in St. Louis in the mid-1990s, Im not sure that its just a coincidence that Roger Neilson was our assistant coach, as he is known to have changed the game with video analysis, and also with his pre-scouting of teams. The report on each player that time talked about their strengths as far as if they were a good skater, had a big shot, good vision to pass, or would always pass in every situation (for example Adam Oates). Some details pointed to if they were tough, which hand they fought with. For anyone who potentially would have a scrap, it would say something like, is a lefty or can fight with both, meaning if you fought Jarome Iginla, he was capable of fighting with both hands so if you tied up his right (predominantly a stronger hand) he could do it with both. Or the report might say something unique that had to be paid attention to as far as likes to jump into rush, or will play high risk so be aware of that and try and expose that by having a high guy - maybe if you were talking about Brian Leetch. These are just examples of old school scouting reports, but now it has transformed into higher tech, with more camera angles, and certainly with more analysis on all levels to help a player get a competitive edge - and I dont know a team that does not try to take advantage of it in todays game. 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Behind the talents of rookie Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames will look to keep pace Thursday night when they face the Minnesota Wild in the second of a six-game homestand.HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A handcuffed Jerry Sandusky testified by video link for nearly three hours Tuesday about his Penn State retirement deal and ties between the university and the youth charity he founded, as a hearing began to determine if he should get retirement benefits cancelled over his child molestation conviction. Speaking from the western Pennsylvania prison where he is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence, Sandusky described how he retired from Penn State in mid-1999 to take advantage of an early retirement incentive, and then was immediately rehired on a temporary basis to coach one last season. A hearing examiner is taking evidence about the post-retirement benefits Sandusky received and the universitys connection to The Second Mile charity as part of Sanduskys appeal of the pension forfeiture. Sandusky said that after the 1999 season, he never received another paycheque or W-2 tax form from Penn State, never held himself out to be a Penn State employee and was even given a retirement party. At issue is whether he could be considered a school employee about a decade later, when he committed sex crimes against two boys that meet the states standards for forfeiture. Sandusky disputed documents that claim he received dozens of payments from Penn State after 1999. "I dont know the exact number for sure, but I know it was in the neighbourhood of three," he said. "It was far from 71." Sandusky was the only witness called by his lawyers, and the afternoon session began with a retirement system employee reading a timeline that outlined the former coachs history with the pension agency, starting when he was hired by Penn State in 1969. He lost a $4,900-a-month pension in October 2012, the day he was sentenced for 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The decision also precluded his wife, Dottie Sandusky, from collecting benefits. She attended the hearing Tuesday in Harrisburg. The State Employees Retirement System (SERS) ruled that his convictions for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault fell under Pennsylvanias Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act. Sandusky had opted to participate in the state-sponsored retirement system while at Penn State, which is a "state-related" university, but he was not a state employee. At the heart of the dispute is whether Sanduskys ties to the university after his retirement, including some payments, made him a "de facto" Penn State employee while committing the crimes in question. His lawyer has argued he was not and that his employment contract was not renewed after the forfeiture law took effect in 1978 so its terms do not apply to him. Sandusky attorney Charles Benjamin has said Penn State made only six payments to Sandusky between 2000 and 2008, and three of them involved travel costs. The other three were speaking fees of $100, $300 and $1,500. In a Dec. 9 filing, Benjamin also argued that Sandusky did not fit the definition of "school employee" under the forfeiture law. "No reported case in the history of Pennsylvania jurisprudence has ever applied a de facto employee analysis to deny someone his retirement earnings, and SERS should not bow to political pressure and mob rule to deny claimant his retirement earnings," Benjamin wrote. In recent weeks, there was a dispute over the SERS witness list, which included two former Penn State administrators facing alllegations of a criminal coverup about Sandusky, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice-president Gary Schultz.dddddddddddd A SERS lawyer said at the start of the hearing that both men asserted their Fifth Amendment rights not to testify. There is currently no trial date set for Curley and Schultz, who are being prosecuted in the Dauphin County Courthouse, about two blocks from the SERS headquarters. It likely will be several months before the hearing examiner, Michael Bangs, produces his written recommendation to the retirement system board. If the board rules against Sandusky, he may appeal to Commonwealth Court. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by Joe Paternos family and others against the NCAA needs the schools involvement in order for parts of it to proceed, a state judge ruled Tuesday. The 25-page opinion by Judge John Leete delivered a mixed decision by dismissing some elements, keeping others alive and leaving the door open for an amended lawsuit to be filed. Leete said breach of contract claims, however, cannot continue without Penn States participation because the school is an "indispensable party," given that the lawsuit could affect the universitys interests and contractual rights. The lawsuit seeks to void a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State over handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, an agreement that imposed a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on post-season play, a reduction in scholarships and other penalties. "If the consent decree is declared void, as plaintiffs request, Penn State would lose the benefits it bargained for, including avoiding harsher sanctions and limiting further loss that could result from a prolonged investigation," Leete wrote. He added that the NCAA had indicated earlier that the football program could be shut down if the decree was invalidated. Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers said the decision allows the critical claims in the lawsuit to go forward. The ruling will let "the bright light of legal discovery" shine on the facts and records, he said. Paterno died in 2012, weeks after the scandal erupted and he was fired as football coach. A Penn State spokesman declined to comment. "We are exceedingly pleased that the court rejected the plaintiffs effort to undo the consent decree," NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. "As this was the last remaining legal challenge to the validity of the consent decree, we hope the courts decision finally brings closure to this issue and allows the Penn State community to continue to move forward under the consent decree and the athletic integrity agreement." The judge threw out a claim of interference with contractual relations but kept in place civil conspiracy and commercial disparagement elements. "Plaintiffs identified disparaging statements accusing Joe Paterno of enabling and concealing child sexual abuse and knowledge or reckless disregard with respect to their falsity," Leete wrote. He said that although the family did not meet a legal standard generally required in disparagement claims, the requirement is lifted when the disparaging statements are libelous. 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