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11-05-2012, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by CanadianHockey View Post
Putting Anderson up on the unprotected list puts even more pressure on Lehner, though. Andy is the only established starter of the trio. Get rid of him, suddenly you're forced to either rush Lehner or overplay Bishop. Get rid of Bishop, you just have to find a decent backup and let Lawson compete with Lehner this year, and then Driedger and Brassard in the future.

Look at Toronto if you want an example of a team that elected to forgo a veteran in favour of two young, unproven goalies.
This.

We finally have stability in net for the first time really in our modern history, and some want to throw that away? The plan always was Andy for now, and Lehner for the future. I like Bishop, and think he will have a good career, but had Andy not went down last year, we wouldn't have traded for him. Would I like to have all 3? Absolutely. But in the OP's scenario, we're pretty much guaranteed to lose one, so why not stay with the plan set out already? Its working well so far.

As for me, I'd go with protecting :

Anderson

Karlsson
Cowen
Methot
Phillips
Lundin

Spezza
Michalek
Alfie
Turris
Latendresse
Neil
Greening
Smith
Regin

If Alfie retires, I'd also protect Condra (PK specialist).

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