GDT: NYR vs. PHI 3/20/04
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03-20-2004, 11:52 PM
Join Date: Dec 2003
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Oooh, some ammo for my email to Barry.
Here's some more. In an ESPN chat session, Bill Clement was asked if Esche should be the #1 and also about Melrose's obsession with Burke. He had this to say:
"I agree 100 percent as long as Robert doesn't drop the ball and it doesn't look like he's going to. Against the top 10 teams in the standings, he has a record of 7-3 with a 1.83 GAA and .934 save percentage. Unless he implodes over the next couple weeks, he's the Flyers starter."
Those stats would be great against any teams, but the 10 BEST in the league? How can the Mullet ignore straight facts?
And regarding the fans and Esche, I feel the same way. He's not the typical nut job goalie, he's just a kid from New York who does what he has to and puts the team in front of his own success. He likes country music for crying out loud. I think everyone was starting to really like the guy, and then the Ottawa game (and the fight) put him over the top in people's eyes. Having a little skill doesn't hurt either.
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