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02-18-2011, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by K McDude View Post
Please tell me how we will build a more dominant team than the two post lockout teams. Also, try to do it in the next three seasons.

I'm a lot of things, melodramatic isn't close to any of them. I expect better from you joshjull.

You do realize we had the perfect team post lockout? The rules were almost designed for the Buffalo Sabres to dominate, it was a perfect storm of good for once, when speaking of the Sabres.

Where did I say they can't build a winning team with Miller in net? Didn't they just do that last season? My point was, you don't need to build around a goalie, and Miller isn't a goalie I would do it around anyways.

As for our best chance coming and going, I think it clearly has. Miller had his chance to win a cup, for two seasons he had one of the best teams in hockey in front of him. If he couldn't get it done then, what makes anyone feel comfortable about him leading a lesser team to the finals?
I think this statement connotes that they lost in those seasons because of Miller. I vehemently disagree with that characterization. Miller has been very good in the playoffs in his career, especially with 2006-07 team (.922 SV%). He was the only reason they made the conference finals that year; Drury's heroics notwithstanding, Miller outplayed Lundqvist in that series. The team fell apart around him. He was actually good last season, too, putting up a .926 SV%, but people will only remember the blown leads and OT goals when it comes to Miller. I mean, reallly, if you were offered, ahead of time, the option for your goaltender to put up a .926 SV% in a series, take it or leave it, tell me you wouldn't immediately take it?

Can you win in the playoffs with Miller? Of course you can. His playoff numbers are extremely good. You just have to put a quality team around him--and that can and should be said about every goaltender. And it's not like Miller's contract is preventing them from icing a better a team, and it isn't Miller's fault that management and ownership has let some key players go (Briere, Lydman, Tallinder) and placed bets on some of the wrong players (Connolly, for one).

You say that you can't see Miller leading a team like this to the Cup. Is there a goaltender that you could see taking this team to the Cup? Maybe if God himself laced them up, but that's about it. Maybe in-his-prime Hasek--who some could argue was God himself. I don't see any NHL goaltender would could lead this group to the Cup, so I don't see how that's a knock in Miller.

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