Dwayne Roloson — goaltending coach for Anaheim Ducks
Dwayne Roloson is only three seasons removed from his playing days. He suited up for six different teams over the course of his 16 seasons, most recently with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Roloson played in 606 regular-season games and recorded a career save percentage of .908 and a goals-against average of 2.72. Roloson is best known for his playoff tear at the age of 41 with the Lightning during the 2010-11 playoffs. The unlikely hero Roloson carried his team all the way to Eastern Conference Finals, where they ultimately fell to the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series. He has already suited up for the Ducks once this year in November after John Gibson left during warm-ups with a lower-body injury. Roloson backed up Jason LeBarbera.
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Ron Hextall — general manager for the Philadelphia Flyers
Ron Hextall is now calling shots as he shapes and forms the team, but if he were to see both of his goaltenders go down with an injury, he would have to run pretty fast to get from the press box down to the ice. Hextall came flying into the league as a 22-year-old in the 1986-87 season, recording a league leading .902 save percentage and earned himself both the Conn Smythe and the Vezina Trophy. He was never quite able to reach that level of play for the remainder of his career, but Hextall built a name for himself with his tenacious play in the net. Look him up on YouTube, and you will see highlights compiled of only his violent behavior, where he would swing at players knees, arms, whatever he could get ahold of with his stick. Just brutal, but, hey, maybe the Flyers could use a little bit of that this year ...
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Olie Kolzig — professional development coach for the Washington Capitals
When Olie Kolzig came into the league for two games as a 19-year-old in 1990, not many expected the South African to man the pipes the way he did for 16 seasons in Washington. During his prime years in the late '90s and early 2000s, Kolzig led his team to the Stanley Cup (where they would wind up losing to the Red Wings in a four-game series in 1998) and win a Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie in the 1999-00 season. Kolzig was named to the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame just last season. Kolzig was replaced as the Capitals' goaltending coach by Mitch Korn, but Kolzig should expect to be the emergency go-to goaltender for the Capitals. The Verizon Center would go nuts if "Godzilla" suited up in an emergency.
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Patrick Roy — head coach for the Colorado Avalanche
Now, wouldn't that be fun? Watching a legendary goaltender turned coach turn back to goaltender? Roy is arguably the greatest goalie ever to play the game. The first-ballot Hall of Famer won three Conn Smythe trophies and three total Vezina trophies (though he was nominated as the top goaltender in virtually every year he played). Roy coaches with an attitude, and if he had to come into relief as a goaltender, we would see flashes of an angry, angry man between the pipes. If Roy came into relief for his for his two injured goaltenders, it would potentially be the single most iconic thing in the NHL. The question is ... if he were down by a goal with five minutes to play, would he pull himself?
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Martin Brodeur — special assistant to the general manager for the St. Louis Blues
He's already played for them this year when they've had goaltenders go down with injury; this one's a no brainer. The New Jersey Devils goaltender desperately wanted to play again this year, and waited until a team called on him. As a Blue, Brodeur played in seven total games, where he played understandably average. But over the course of his entire career, Brodeur set virtually every record of longevity, won four Vezina trophies and is a future first ballot Hall of Famer. If Brodeur were to march down to the locker room to give it one last go, it would be his own personal Brett Favre moment. Brodeur may be the one person on an NHL club not playing that is most NHL-ready at the moment. So if a bizarre string of injuries happen to Blues goaltenders, they should feel (relatively) safe in their relief option.