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NHL free agency 2019: Goalie carousel takes Lehner, Varlamov to new homes, Mrazek staying put

first_imgThe goalie carousel did not go all the way around on July 1 — it went two-thirds of the way.Despite Don Waddell’s uncertainty at signing his top netminder, Petr Mrazek opted to stay in Carolina. On the flip side, Robin Lehner left the New York Islanders for the Chicago Blackhawks with the Islanders’ adding Semyon Varlamov in his place. Mrazek, who went 23-14-3 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 40 starts in 2018-19, signed a two-year, $6.25 million deal.As Carolina’s No. 1 goalie, the 26-year-old was between the pipes for the team’s seven-game upset of the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. He then started two games against the Islanders but suffered a lower-body injury in Game 2 forcing him to miss the remainder of the series. Mrazek returned for the first two games against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final; however, he allowed 10 goals between the two games and did not play again in the postseason.Glad to have ya back, @pmrazek34! pic.twitter.com/hFzTf0miu7— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 1, 2019Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes lost Mrazek’s partner Curtis McElhinney, who signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract to serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy backup in Tampa Bay. Despite continuously stressing he did not want to leave Long Island, Lehner ended up signing a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks.The Vezina Trophy finalist and Masterton Award winner told reporters on Monday that he never “walked away from anything” and “It not working out on Long Island had nothing to do with me.” He added that he was offered a contract that he didn’t fully like and took a few days to think about it. When he responded, the Islanders said they had already moved on.Here are Robin Lehner’s full comments on how things went down with the Islanders. Not a good look. pic.twitter.com/N18Oot20x5— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) July 2, 2019It was revealed soon after Varlamov was the goalie they moved on to at $20 million for four seasons. The 31-year-old netminder went 20-19-9 last season with a 2.87 GAA and .909 save pct. He lost his starting role to Philipp Grubauer, who carried the Avalanche into the second round of the playoffs. Semyon Varlamov said he believes Islanders/Long Island is right place for him and his family. Exciting to work with #Isles coaching staff, including director of goaltending Mitch Korn and goalie coach Piero Greco.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) July 1, 2019last_img read more

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2010 art revolution brews

first_img9 April 2009A quiet revolution is building ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. Stroke by stroke, note by note, thousands of singers, painters and other artists are plying their trade with a strong focus on the upcoming event.The KZN Gallery in Glenwood is currently hosting All Eyes in African, a magnificent exhibition of mosaics by Mbhekeni Mbili which carry a 2010-theme. Last year, the gallery hosted artist Sicelo Ziqubu’s 2010-themed papier-mache decorated thrones. In the poverty-stricken Cape Town suburb of Tafelsig, resident Desmond Kannemeyer is removing gangster grafitti from the walls of his neighbourhood, planning to replace them with giant 2010-themed murals.Tomas Majebe from Cameroon is selling magnificent oil-on-canvas 2010 stadium paintings at flea markets in the Western Cape.Pretoria jeweler Ceciwe Khonje has launched a range of (Fifa-approved) 2010 white gold cufflinks.In Garangkuwa, Peter Malherbe builds model 2010 stadiums out of match sticks. In Polokwane, Joe Moyo is doing the same but with wire and beads.A Port Elizabeth-based ostrich-hide exporter has sealed a deal with a Mexican to have soccer boots made out of ostrich leather – a world first, just in time for Africa’s first World Cup.In Cape Town, Adam Carnegie and his team are churning out kelp (seaweed) vuvuzelas – the trumpet of choice for South African fans. Around the country, thousands of makaraba football helmets are being manufactured.Fifa Media Officer Delia Fischer says there is a golden opportunity for South Africans to capitalise on the 2010 World Cup.“European and English fans won’t want to buy 2010 memorabilia, they will want to buy something African to remind them of the good time they had here,” says Fischer. “South Africa must decide what it wants to show the world.”Certainly, if we get this right, the World Cup will fuel an enormous industry on the sidelines of the month-long event.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more