Niemi in Montreal?
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08-02-2010, 10:53 PM
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Niemi exceeded his expectations, Price hasn't lived up to his yet. Niemi has a Stanley Cup, last time I checked, Carey was chased out of the playoffs. Niemi took the starting job on his team , Price lost his.
Niemi also stole quite a few games for his team, and never road the talent all the way to the Cup. If a better team meant anything, why did we beat Washington and Pittsburgh?
I'm a Price fan, but can we stop pretending he is the real deal, till he actually delivers on a consistant basis?
Its not so much about who is the better goalie right now, because you can have legitimate arguments either way. It comes down to which goalie is the better asset.
Even though Niemi has a cup, I think Price still has better trade value.
Chicago only asks their goalie not to lose games, Niemi did that for the most part. Its alot like what the red wings have been asking out of osgood for the better part of this decade. But you look at what osgood did on teams where they rely more heavily on goalies (St louis and NYI), and he doesn't even have one series win under his belt.
A team like Montreal is not in the class of detroit from years past or in the class of the 09/10 hawks. They require the goalie to be the best player on their team consistently, and while niemi is adequate, I dont see him as the guy who is going to pick the team up on his back and lead the way. At least with price, the potential to do so is there.
That's really the only reason I pick price over Niemi. It doesnt have a whole lot to do with who I think is the better goalie out of the two right now. Although if you were to ask me, I'd say its pretty close atm.
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