Canada’s world junior eyes on Senators rookie goalies

Former NHL goaltender and Nepean native Fred Brathwaite was keeping a close eye on Senators netminders Francois Brassard and Chris Driedger, who split duties in the Senators net Thursday.

KEEPING UP ON THE GOALIES (AND GOALIE COACHES): Former NHL goaltender and Nepean native Fred Brathwaite was keeping a close eye on Senators netminders Francois Brassard and Chris Driedger, who split duties in the Senators net Thursday. Brathwaite is now the goaltending consultant for Canada’s world junior team. Driedger, 6-3 and 200 pounds, posted a record of 36-14-4 and 2.51 goals against average with the Calgary Hitmen last season. Brassard had a 33-18-4 mark, with a 2.73 average, with the Quebec Remparts. Both were impressive in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. Brassard stopped 20 of 21 shots, Driedger stopped all 11 he faced.

REMEMBERING (THE BAD) OLD DAYS: Mike Bales, who played 20 games with the Senators from 1994-1997, is Pittsburgh’s new goaltending coach. Bales sported a 2-14-1 record, with a goals against average of 4.15 and a save percentage of .871, during the 1995-96 season. To put that in context, that was the year when the Senators had two general managers, three head coaches and played out of two buildings. Now Bales is in the middle of a potential netminding controversy in Penguins land. Who gets the net? Marc-Andre Fleury or Tomas Vokoun?

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