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05-12-2011, 11:11 AM
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If I was a Flyers fan, I wouldn't be so hyped about Snider's comments
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either one of the goalies
has to step up in training camp, or we have to make improvements to make sure it happens. But we are NEVER going to go through the goalie issues we’ve gone through in the last couple of years again.”
The fact that he says "one of the goalies we have has to step up in training camp" more less to me, says he would be fine with what you guys have "if they step up in training camp" which I believe Bob this past year but that didn't solve your problems.
Even though Bob was good enough to be a starter this year, I think it was a mistake giving him the reigns given that you guys were truly a contender. I think it would be a mistake giving him the reigns next year. I'd try to bring in a veteran for 1 year if not two and give him some seasoning and experience without the pressure of the playoffs. Most goalies that succeed in the league have been brought in slowly.
Lets compare Montreal's two young goalies. Price is obviously the bigger prospect but he was given the reigns twice in the past and struggled at times. Halak was with the organization as a backup for like 4 years and perfomed suberbly, he get getting thrown to the side but he was young, so he kept working and look how he's performed in the playoffs.
Price seems to be finally maturing after 4 seasons but Halak has already had a more impressive playoff run than Price partially imo because he was brought in slowly.
If I was the Flyers, I'd be wanting to take the same route with Bob, even though he's probably ready to play 60 games, only let him play 25 and allow him to adjust to the NHL, mature mentally and in 2 years give him the reigns.
I'd be wary of signing Vokoun though. He may be a bonafide #1 goalie but he has 11 playoff games experience. As a contender, you guys want a guy with playoff experience imo, unfortunately there aren't many of those guys. I'd seriously consider Rolloson for 1 year even though he's getting really old. I think Tampa seriously considers going long term this summer in net, or at least they should start thinking long term in net.
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