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05-19-2012, 04:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Erick View Post
I don't see the big deal with having "cheap guy" as a backup goalie, if that ends up being the scenario.

A backup gets approximately 30 games per season in the regular season (and this is assuming Markstrom stays in the AHL all year as it's certainly possible that he can start in the A and get a callup midseason).

There are plenty of goalies in the AHL who could be backups in the NHL. It basically happens every year where no-name goalies get called up and have occasional hot stretches.

Goalies are sort of like middle relievers who become closers in baseball; some of them just need the opportunity.

Scott Clemmensen was recently once the "cheap guy" nobody knew. It took a Martin Brodeur injury for Scott Clemmensen to have an NHL career. Were it not for that injury, Clemmensen would probably still be a journeyman, going back and forth between NHL/AHL.

The downgrade between current AHL goaltenders and the Scott Clemmensen's of the world is minimal. In some cases, it doesn't even exist.

Let's not forget that many on this very board hated Scott Clemmensen before this year began and it took 25 (small sample size and a contract year, at that) regular season starts to change those opinions.

The goal here should be to have roster flexibility, knowing that you have a great prospect (Markstrom) capable of potentially earning a spot out of camp, as well as your starter already under contract (Theodore).

Thank Clemmer for his contributions and let him move on to another team.
This is a great post. Hit the nail right on the coffin.

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