: Injury Report:
Leighton has a high ankle sprain; Leighton Out 8-10 Weeks.
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03-17-2010, 01:30 PM
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It depends on the situation, but let's say he dealt Hartnell for Vokoun. Yeah, it would suck to see Vokoun get hurt, but we'd still have Vokoun for next year and Leighton to take over when Vokoun went down. It wouldn't be the ideal situation, but I don't think anyone could get on him for taking a shot on a real upgrade that could still work out next year.
I get that **** happens, but what burns me up is that Holmgren gambled on two high risk goalies and never had a backup plan. Emery's injury was unfortunate, but he was a big gamble and had played fewer than 40 games the previous two seasons so he should have signed a backup that was capable of playing 30-40 games for insurance. Emery then goes down and he decides to gamble the season on an AHL goalie that has never shown he is a capable starter at the NHL level. Once again it would make sense to get an insurance option that can start in case Leighton falters or gets injured but he does nothing. A little more planning and preparation could have put them in a better situation.
He did have a backup plan, and that backup was Boucher.
While we may not agree that was a good backup plan or not, the monkey wrench that was thrown into the mix was when both Emery AND Boucher went down with injury. It was at that point that Leighton was claimed off of waivers and I don't think anyone expected Leighton to have the success that he had.
That said with Leighton's success I am guessing that Homer then figured he would ride Leighton and Boucher would still be the backup plan. Now, with Leighton's injury (and Backlund's) we have Boucher and Duchense.
Look at it this way, if Boucher didn't get hurt, Leighton probably would not have been claimed so, either way, you'd be looking at a tandem of Boucher and Duchesne now anyway.
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