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10-23-2011, 07:44 PM
Haute Couturier
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Originally Posted by hockeyfreak7 View Post
The Red Wings, Flyers and Capitals all had similar instability in net with similar cap situations.

There was absolutely no concrete reality that made Vokoun a sure thing to sign a cheap contract. If you operate like that, you run the risk of ending up with nothing. That was simply not an option.

Although considering your last sentence, this discussion is over...clearly you are the one ignorant of reality by proclaiming this contract an "epic failure" two weeks into season one...... of nine. If we win just one Cup in that time with Bryz in net, the contract will be a success. If you have such a preconception regarding the contract already (as you clearly do), it's obvious that you can not have this discussion with an open mind or with even a shred of objectivity.
They aren't similar situations at all because you're ignoring the team's philosophies. Detroit does not believe in spending big money on goalies. They were never going to sign him or Vokoun to a large deal. Washington is fine with their goalies. It's their defense and coaching that comes under fire.

Anyone who understands the concept of supply and demand knew the Flyers could have signed Vokoun for cheap. Many of us here predicted it. We didn't pull it out of thin air. There simply wasn't any demand on the market for goaltending. You can create as many fantasy situations as you want. It doesn't mean they were going to happen in reality.

It's not as simple as saying the contract will be a success it if we just win one Cup. What if the Flyers win the Cup this season, but then Bryzgalov goes on to be the next DiPietro over the next 8 seasons? Are you telling me no one will complain about the contract over the remaining 8 seasons just because we won one Cup? What if we win a cup within the first 3 or 4 seasons and then Bryz declines and is a below average goalie for the remaining 5? What if we can't afford to keep a Giroux, Schenn, or Couturier in the future? Would people be happy with an aging goalie we're stuck with just because we won a Cup? I don't think so. The fact is Bryzgalov is unlikely to ever live up to a 9 year deal because we signed him through his decline years.

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