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Player of the Game & The Good, The Bad, The Redden: Game #69 @ Anaheim Ducks
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03-10-2011, 11:22 AM
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Henrik has had an inconsistent year. But he's still a top 5 goalie in the league. He's a big game player. When it comes down to it, and he's locked in, there are very few who can match his focus and determination. I actually would venture to say that nobody can match his focus and desire to win when he's locked in. We saw it in the series against the Capitals that any mediocre team forward-wise would've easily taken. We've seen it in big games down the stretch. Henrik's stolen way more games than his team has picked him up and pulled out a win when he wasn't at his best. That's the thing. When Henrik isn't near perfect, or we don't come up with 7-goal-explosions, we have a very hard time winning games. That's the issue. Not Henrik Lundqvist.
And besides the point, Henrik doesn't have as much trade value as you may think. We would not get back nearly enough because no team wants to give up legitimate elite-level assets while committing 6.875 mil cap-hit to a goalie, even if he's Patrick Roy. And if they're not giving up elite-level assets, there's certainly not enough of a reason to move him. He's a leader on this team, and I'm confident in him. If this team gets its act together, (hopefully with Brad Richards), and the young core continues to progress, I have all the confidence in the world than Henke's gonna be the goalie to take us all the way. He's way more valuable to us. Lundqvist is the only true untouchable on this team. I'd even move Staal before him, for the right return, and Staal would have supreme trade value, unlike Lundqvist.
Good points and maybe saying he's average is a little harsh. That would put him in the 14 - 16 best range of starting goalies although one could argue that the Canucks have two better goalies. Anyway, I want him to be great but outside of the shootouts he hasn't been on many occasions this year and I worry that his best years are behind him. Since we are building with youth we need our goalie to be on a similar trajectory to our budding talent. I hope you are right, but his inability to handle the puck and the fact that he is so deep in the net has led to goals that should have been avoided. I think he needs more a hybrid style because other goalies who are not so deep in the net manage to go side to side on cross crease passes to make big saves as he does without being brutalized by every deflection.
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