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06-21-2010, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Who left here worse?

Esche was never that great and the lockout pretty much killed his career in the NHL.

Nitty was a notably better goalie by the end (hampered by his hips).

Biron was consistent for the full tenure of his two years here.

Cechmanek's final season in Philly he demonstrably posted his best season.

Beezer hit the wall of age.

Boucher clearly was not the franchise goalie the organization decided he was.

Shall we go on? The Lemelin dislike, similar to the Biron hate, is completely devoid of any attachment to an empirical reality.
Cechmanek didn't leave because he wasn't good, he left because the whole team hated him. Although, he was terrible in LA (much like the rest of that team was that year).

I'd say Niittymaki and Biron are both still decent NHL goaltenders, but I think they were much better when they got here than when they left.

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