NHL Amnesty: Pronger vs Bryz
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05-14-2012, 01:55 PM
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I feel like giving up on a guy that has the skillset to be a number one goalie after one year is a bad idea.
I can't imagine thinking otherwise.
Where do you go from there? Bank on drafting a late first round goalie in the near future? Let's be honest - we haven't really helped our cause in courting goalies. Leighton going AWOL after having a goalie carousel - then we sign a guy to a big, long contract to show the NHL that we are serious about having a real goalie only to drop him after one year.
If I am a goalie, I opt to play anywhere else first.
There are plenty of goalies that have the skill set to be a #1 goalie. There is nothing special about Bryzgalov that we can't find elsewhere. He's not elite.
Most people consider Niemi mediocre but Bryz isn't any better.
Niemi career: .916, Niemi playoffs: .904,
Bryz career: .915, Bryz playoffs: .908
What makes Bryz so great that makes him deserving of a franchise contract? Niemi was only signed to a 4 year deal worth $3.8M a year and he has actually won a Cup.
If there is am amnesty clause I dump Bryz and sign someone to be a cheap stop gap. We have Bob and Hovinen in the system. Next year's free agent class will be better anyway.
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