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01-02-2012, 12:53 PM
Chapin Landvogt
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Originally Posted by Isles Fan View Post
Of course he loved them, they drafted him number 1 when he should have been a second rounder at best. They handed him the keys to the kingdom without him ever EARNING anything.
Don't quite understand the need to exaggerate here. By whose standards should he have been a 2nd rounder at best? I certainly don't recall him being ranked around that heading into the draft. Quite the contrary - was he not expected to go top 10?

Whereas him being pretty fast-tracked to the NHL with a few games in Chicago was lacking in logic and class, they did ultimately have him down on the farm for a full year where he was a solid #1 who led his AHL team to the Calder Cup finals. That would earn most #1 drafted players a trip to the show the next season in any franchise.

It seems when people who support him realize that he has never been anything more then an average to below average NHL goaltender, they drag out his passion and love for the game and the team.

Then again the fact people think he was ever good is equally as comical.
I think some people try to argue that he's better than his numbers actually say he ever was.

Still, you're arguing something that has little merit. Everybody from Team USA to the All-Star Game decision-makers saw it differently than you are stating.

We should call it as it is: We're never going to know how good he may have been sans his injury history. At the peak of his developmental swing, it looked like he was going to be able to be a solid #1 goaltender in the NHL, maybe even for a successful franchise. When at his best, he was winning some games on his own. His numbers have rarely been more than average and technically, he was not the soundest goaltender. The propensity to wander bit him in the behind at times even back in his heyday. His competitive nature was often the key to some victories, or even a bit of a downfall. To top it off, his entire style of goaltending has confused a number of Dmen along the way.

But no matter what we think of what he could have become, we shouldn't be disingenuous to his pre-setback possibilities and what any fan of the NHL game with any real knowledge about the sport could have seen.

Rick had good possibilities. That time has passed.

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