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10-18-2008, 05:23 PM
Bullet Tooth Tony
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There's a huge difference between performing well in spot duty and being the regular guy. That's a tough transition to make - though to Vally's credit, it ain't exactly diced tomatoes starting once every few weeks... takes a lot of mental preparation and toughness to just jump in and do a bang up job filling in for the starter. I've always thought pretty highly of the guys who could do this successfully, perhaps because I'm from Vancouver and have witnessed all kinds of backups over the years.

Like mentioned, perhaps on one of the weaker teams, and perhaps if he got hot. In a few years, if he keeps progressing, who knows? He's still pretty new to NHL duty, and look at guys like Roloson (ok, well, more like Roloson 2-3 years ago... ) and Thomas, who became starters later on in their careers. They worked and worked, waited for a good break and made the most of it. Who's to say Vally couldn't do something similiar?

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