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11-13-2003, 09:21 AM
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fine i'll agree he was a great regular season goalie. after that forget it. he won one playoff series in 3 seasons. and even that he was the reason that series went 7, example dropping his glove and trying to pick it up with the puck right near by.
and for those who think we didnt get enough for Chechmanek. the price for good regular season goalies is not that much.
Cechmanek is an excellent regular season goaltender - with a SV % averaging over .92 while in Philly for 3 years - no one should complain about that...
Playoffs - thats another story. He played pretty well in 01/02 and last year in the playoffs. Tough rounds, and the Flyers couldn't skate, score or play defense. When a goaltender loses a first round series with a .936 save% and a 1.85 GAA like he did two years ago - hmmmm. Blame it on the goalie? I don't think so. Last year - same story. Oh sure - you can rip him for the glove incident. But can you guys honestly say he was the reason Philly didn't move on? No. That team wasn't good enough to move on - and Hasek, Roy, Dryden, Plante, Parent! ...you name it - no one could have saved it.
What makes a playoff goaltender? Confidence. That is one crucial ingredient that Cechmanek never had in Philly - and why? 1)The team infront of him choked in the playoffs, and 2) Bobby Clark. Plain and simple. Always looking for a scape-goat. Fans and press joined in Bobby's crusade to blame Cechmanek and he was sent walking for the price of a toothbrush.
And he was replaced by Hackett. Upgrade? No. However, if the team infront of him plays well ( as they have been so far this year ) - they may go deeper into the playoffs this year. But if the team infront of him chokes like the past couple of years - they'll be playing golf early and he'll end up being the next scape-goat to be cast away like garbage whether he plays well or not. Its always easier to blame the goaltender than the rest of the team, or dare I say - management! - right Bobby?
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