TBN: Goalie carousel to stop in camp
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08-31-2005, 07:45 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
For all the people who are anxious for Buffalo to get rid of Biron, I have one question:
Who would you put in goal to replace him?
Noronen? Anybody could tell last year that the team played much better with Biron than Noronen. The only "logic" behind keeping Noronen seems to be: "He`s from Finland, and so is Kiprusoff, and look how good he did last year."If we`re using birthplaces as a deciding factor, Biron comes out ahead in that category too.
Miller? If he wins the job then fine. But don`t just give it to him before the season - make him win it. Being a highly-regarded prospect is all well and good, but there`s still a difference between the AHL and the NHL. After all, about five years ago the Hockey News had Biron ranked as the #1 prospect in the entire NHL, and according to some of you guys, he sucks.
A goalie outside the organization? Who`s available? What UFA goalies are out there? Steve Shields? Byron Dafoe? Ron Tugnutt? That`s hardly an upgrade. As for trading for a quality goalie, exactly who do we have as trade bait? Nobody`s going to trade a Theodore or a Luongo for Derek Roy and a draft pick. Unless you`re looking to get rid of at least two of Vanek, Briere and Kalinin; you`re not going to acquire anybody better than what we have.
I say we trade Noronen to a GM with a Finnish fetish and go with Biron/Miller. We could do far worse.
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