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08-23-2011, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry44 View Post
Goalie- Bryzgalov is HUGE upgrade over Bob, who is an upgrade over Boosh at backup.
Bryz is an upgrade, but he is not a "HUGE" upgrade over what Bob did for this team last year. Bob was very good.

Bob posted a .915 last year. Bryz is a career .916 goalie. Lets give him the benefit of the doubt and say he replicates the season he had last year, which would be a .920.

We allowed 2,465 SOGA last year (probably will allow a bit more this year with our forwards, I think). The difference between a .915 (Bob/Boucher had .915/.916 respectively) and a .920 is 12.3 goals. That's it. Now, the Bryz/Bob tandem is likely to be better than the Bob/Boucher tandem. However, people need to tone down their expectations concerning the massive bottom line improvement we are going to see from Bryz over what we got last year. He will likely be a bit more consistent, and he will likely provide more SO than we would have gotten... which will result in a few more wins. We are, however, only talking about pushing the needle a little bit at the end of the day, and that's without getting into the downgrade at other positions (which is huge... our forwards are far worse today than they were six months ago).

As noted in many other discussions, the playoff catastrophe (and Bob clearly wearing down over the year) has wound up with everyone seemingly having lost sight of the fact that Bob was pretty damn good last year. Especially for a rookie.

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