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05-25-2008, 12:25 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Johnson City, TN
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It's called the punt option, make a run at a veteran goalie (Kolzig) and then see if Rinne is playable
Oh, Rinne is definitely playable. Anyone who's ever watched him play can attest to that. The question is more of whether he can play 45 games or 65 games.
The thing is, though, that by moving Mason and Ellis, you're taking a substantial risk that you may not be able to sign a veteran mentor backup/1b for Rinne as desired (and the only goalie that really fits that description is Kolzig). Instead, you could end up playing with Rinne and Alex Auld or Mark Dekanich, and as much as I like Dekanich, I'm not sure he's NHL ready just yet...
It's a big risk you're taking and Poile doesn't have a history of taking big risks. He definitely won't take one here. I think we'll keep Mason and see what happens on July 1.
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