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10-10-2003, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by calgarylen13
What i do not follow, is that a while ago i made a comment on how poor our goaltending situation was, in response to everyone's comment on "our amazing goaltending depth", i was pretty much disregarded for waht i said...To me the facts seem rather clear, and have for a while now, and i finally see that the rest of you are acknowledging what is going on.

This is the situation:
Turek - Below Average starter, has not changed
McLennan - Below Average Backup, his win/loss last year shows that
Sabourin - Give him a go, i don't think he can get too much worse than the two "above" him
Krahn - The only shining light of the lot of them...Get him into the NHL so he can get starting experience on the real level, and only improve. I reckon his worst could be no worse than McLennan's best.

I reckon if we want a decent goalie to start/backup Turek, we need to look to Buffalo, get a Biron/Noronen.
Not everyone remarked about "our amazing goaltending depth."

Turek has the capability to perform better, but he seems to be the type of goalie who plays better with a good team in front of him (Dallas & St. Louis). He had a four-hour talk with Daryl Sutter about what was expected. If a defenseman neglects to check Todd Bertuzzi in, at point blank range, Turek can hardly be faulted for allowing a PP goal. Getting back to the original point, the team might as well find a way to work with him, because his contract isn't going to get moved any time soon.

All the hype about the Jennings Trophy came from Craig Button. McLennan came for a 9th round pick from a brand new expansion team, who had him in the minors the previous season. Doubt that anybody here expected much of him. He's far from the answer. To be fair he didn't play as poorly as his win/loss record indicates.

Sabourin could receive some decent tips from Arturs Irbe. He'll see more time in net at Lowell, so that really wasn't a bad decision.

Krahn...backup NHL duty wouldn't serve him well, at this point. He needs to play, not sit on the bench watching Turek. Las Vegas was the best of all options, considering the logjam of prospects and the joint venture with Carolina's AHL affiliate.

Medvedev could end up being a wild car among the group. If, and that's a big if, he could get himself into shape, the Flames have an asset.

The suggestion of looking toward Buffalo was made by me on this board, before the trade deadline last season. (Others picked up on it, then started posting proposals on the Trade Rumors board.) The thinking was that Button could attempt to pass off Turek to Boston, who instead acquired Jeff Hackett. Biron is a starter. No way would he be happy coming to Calgary to backup Turek. Noronen would seem to be the odd man out in Buffalo, as Miller appears to be the designated goalie of the future for the Sabres.

All of this might prove to be moot, since Ron Sutter has been scouting in San Jose for a backup goalie. Hey, maybe the Sharks will start Toskala or Kiprusoff on Saturday night to help make everybody's job easier!

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