Panthers Assign Markstrom to San Antonio
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11-07-2011, 11:30 PM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Arlington, VA
I have to take the other side of this.
Markstrom played well in 5 games...that doesn't mean he can handle 60 to 70 games at the NHL level. He needs to play in the minors to round out his game and get a feel of what type of preparation and endurance it takes to be a number one goaltender over a long period of time.
I don't think Clemmensen should be traded. Too much depth is not a bad thing. What if Tallon trades Clemmensen and Theodore gets hurt ? Especially with defense men as soft as ours. Now Markstrom is starting and Plante is our backup. Which doesn't sound like a great scenario.
The only thing I don't like about the trade is that it makes the team more boring. Watching Markstrom play is exciting, its natural to want a draft pick to succeed after so many busts, and feel like: "The Panthers are finally turning it around" but long term playing Markstrom in the AHL makes the most sense.
Championship teams are not built with short term thinking.
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