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04-08-2004, 01:18 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
I have to agree with John that Blackburn should not start next year, at least from the beginning, for a couple of reasons:
1. The Rangers are pretty much set to be a poor team next year, defensively (no matter how good Tyutin and Poeck end up being), and they'll probably give up a lot of shots and chances against.
2. Blackburn is coming back, not just from an injury, but from being out for a whole year, a year of almost total inactivity on one arm.
This adds up to a guy who is likely not going to be in game-playing shape start off the season. No matter how hard he works out, the only way for him to develop his timing is by playing. The AHL is still tough, but he won't be facing Joe Sakic or Ilya Kovalchuk, who have the ability to cause a goalie to hurt himself by trying too much. Plus, he'll be on a winning team down there, which can only do good for a young goalie's confidence.
That said, the door shouldn't be shut for him if he really shows up at training camp.
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