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04-04-2012, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by albatross View Post
Garon did well, but he definitely proved that he isn't a #1. It's not a slam, he's just not suited to that many games. He's a backup, a good one, but still a backup. And I don't think you can say that they just let Smith walk away. He was offered a contract, he took the better money, starting situation and better team in Phoenix. I'm happy for him, but he wasn't ever going to have those kinds of numbers playing behind our D.
Agree with this about Smith, but is anyone else concerned that any goaltender we acquire, especially if Tampa gives up a premium price (as it will take to get Schneider or Bernier), will falter once placed in a Lightning uniform? At least for the initial period as fixing Tampa's defensive issues doesn't seem like it will be a quick fix, although if there is some miracle that can happen during the offseason that would be nice...

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