GDT : Oilers vs. Sabres
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10-16-2003, 01:49 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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I can agree with that, but one could make the argument that throwing your backup in against a weaker opponent will give him that much more confidence, thus letting your started be fully rested for the tilt against your bitter divisional rival.
Conversley, throwing Ty to the wolves (assuming he gets shelled) could destroy his confidence early, thus forcing the coaching staff to play Salo more, and we've all seen how Tommy playes when he's overworked.
Something to think about.
Ty Conklin isn't being groomed to be a starter someday. At least I hope the Oilers don't think that way. Besides, goalies have nerves of steel (at least the good ones do---they need 'em!)
Just think. Whose confidence would you rather have shaken (considering it happens) going into the season, your starter or your back-up?
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