DiPietro Discussion Thread Part I
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10-26-2010, 08:25 PM
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We're in some agreement here. But only to speak as a devil's advocate, I know that enough of us get a little nervous when it looks like he grimaces after a save resulting in a stoppage in play, or when he's slow getting up. In light of this I kind of understand how the snake-bitten portion of the Isles' fanbase could have enough concerns about him to warrant a thread....maybe a DiPietro "concern" thread would have been a less scathing title.
I need to catch myself, too - these guys have only played 8 games and have a respectable record within those games. I just feel that he may pressure himself to tad too much (obvious understatement) and that it should be emphasized, possibly by Gordon, that his quality will be measured in goals against & percentage rather that shooting the puck to center ice 9 times and getting called for icing or making a turnover 8 of them.
Regardless, a healthy DP is a great player, no doubts there. A healthy
DP can be
. This is the conjecture that needs to be made by the coaching staff. He has the drive, he wants to be elite; if he stops 38 shots in a 2-2 game and with 3 minutes left and for the first time in the game
all of the sudden
hits Bailey with a pass at the other teams' blue line resulting in a goal, we can talk about elite in the present tense.
Again, it's not criticism for criticism's sake; many of us feel we see a calmer team on the ice with Roloson......enough to make a debate of it. I want DP in his best form as much as the next fan; the smoother he plays, the more the team succeeds.....but regardless, turnovers are bad, m'kay?
If he toned it down a peg and stayed in position more, this whole conundrum would bve centered around his health - we wouldn't have to question his decision making process and how it can hurt us more often than it helps.
This is a healthy disagreement with a lot of agreement embedded throughout, for sure.
To be clear, I was against the 15 year contract at the time and still am, even without injury.
Did I believe DiPietro was a great goalie in 2006? Absolutely.
Was he flawed in his on-ice decisions and playing the puck? Absolutely.
I don't think the second point will ever go away - hopefully he can limit the impact in time.
Is he a great goalie now? Nope. But he's a very good goalie, far better than Biron was last year, far better than anyone on this team since DiPietro.
Is Roloson the better goalie today? I'd say so. I'm not sure who "won the job" at camp. God forbid we had some media coverage, coach reports, camp details! I won't pretend that DiPietro won the job at camp and that's why he started. Although it's possible, it's likely that the team's contractual commitment to DiPietro and the message that "you're still our #1 goalie, welcome back, we're still behind you" means more in the long run over "who's better at this moment"
I don't believe Gordon will only play the guy to help the team win now. I don't think he's ever done that. Otherwise we'd still have guys like Sillinger, Sim, Bates, Hilbert and a few McAmmonds with a sprinkle of Poti, Kozlov, Fedotenko to "win now" - clearly we're "suffering" through some tough times while the "core" HOPEFULLY gets good enough to make us perennial competitors. That's obvious.
I find it strange that Gordon's contract hasn't been extended. He's done all he could given the assets he's been provided with. He deserves a contract extension. But nothing surprises me with this team.
We all wince whenever any player gets near DiPietro. When he falls down to make a save and is slow to get up. We're all waiting for the next set-back and will all complain when it happens and probably blame a bunch of people - that's just being a fan. I just hope it doesn't happen and we get a goalie who can approach what he was before he got hurt. This team needs a goalie who can carry the team and win a playoff series. DiPietro's probably the only goalie who can do that (who'll be under contract once the team makes the playoffs)
If DiPietro beats the Rangers in the opening round of the 2011 playoffs - I won't be the one referring to this thread - promise.
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