Why Bryzgalov Can Be Traded
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02-19-2012, 03:32 PM
Who's the clown?
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No, they have not gotten one. This is not what a number one goalie looks like
I think the problem is that the idea of a number one goalie is not a cookie-cutter model.
Teams need goalies that can play in the system they have. A number one goalie on one team may not be a number one goalie on another. This is evident by the fact that many goalies play well for one team and struggle for another. Luongo was awesome in Florida where he faced a billion shots a game and had no external pressure. In Vancouver he is a good goalie, but his numbers aren't nearly what they were in Florida. What changed? Did he get worse? No, he plays in a different system and with much more pressure.
This is one reason I hate goalie stats so much. Robert Esche had #1 goalie numbers when he was with the Flyers, but he was not clutch. He was not a legitimate #1. Same for Cechmanek.
It is almost impossible to look at a goalie on another team and determine if they will be a #1 for our team.
The Flyers getting Bryzgalov had to happen. There was no way anyone would acknowledge the problems with #1 goaltenders unless we actually lived through the mistake. Our goaltending last year was not good enough. The previous 15 years of half-baked solutions had to change. The ONLY untried solution was going out and getting a goalie who was an 'in the prime' #1. It had to happen.
If it fails, it will be helpful in that the team will realize that it just can’t necessarily go buy a goalie and solve the problem. It should keep them from making the same mistake again. Maybe they’ll actually try to raise up a goalie form their own ranks. Or maybe they will play a system to suit the goalie.
I always hold up the Red Wings as a team that plays a system that makes the goalie look good. All the way back to the days of Tim Cheveldae and Bob Essensa; the Red Wings would succeed with Bryzgalov in net, and Bobrovsky.
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