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11-17-2008, 12:15 PM
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Also...to the goalie situation. It may not be as cut and dry as it looks on the surface.
We saw last year that a goalie controversy can be a test...and that was just for 20 odd games. That situation could well head to a blow up and you really don't want that to happen to a young team with a 20 year old captain. If a blow up is inevitable, they have no choice but to move Khabibulin. They've committed to Huet for the next 4 years and that contract is untradeable.
True. But the big difference was that the Caps were thrown into a controversy out of the blue. One minute there was the status quo, and the next we had pulled off a shock trade. The Hawks have had months to prepare for the obvious 'issues' that could arise between two guys being paid #1 money and hoping for #1 ice time. Doesn't mean it can't become corrosive, but it's got to be less likely. And Khabibulin couldn't possibly be as provincial about his #1 status in Chicago as Kolzig was here (given Olie's tenure and esteem in the organization). Plus, Huet has never really been a true #1 in terms of games played, and Khabibulin has only had over 50 starts once in the past 3 seasons.
Until we hear something about problems, I have to think Tallon is going to sit on this for a while.
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