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12-12-2012, 11:47 AM
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im having a tough time understanding Leaf fans. they are so obsessed with how good their prospects ARE going to be that they dont really see how this mindset leads to nonstop futility. The Canucks under Burke had a fairly solid all around team, some superstar forwards, some solid Dmen, similar to TO currently (although Nazzy/Burt were a step up from Kessel). But Cloutier was the goalie, and was the weak link. But Burke stuck with him for years, and never adressed the problem. He inherited Giguere in ANA, and gave away Bryz.
Now please think about his history with goalies before you say you are confident in Reimer. Look at the Canucks organization today compared to back then. And then realize that this yearly contender relies on the foundation of goaltending. It doesnt matter what holes you create to get the foundation, as those slots are more easily filled. As people have pointed out repeatedly, a few more saves in a year = playoffs. There are almost never any chances to aquire a goalie of this calibre, unless you develop one. That is why talking about trade value is rather pointless, because theres almost nothing to compare it to.
Pics and prospects hold little value compared to genuine real guaranteed elite play. And you'll never get out of the basement with the 'but our prospects will all be 25 goal scorers one day!' mentality.
Absolutely right. Augmenting a young core with solid veteran experience is essential to building a winner. But in a cap dominated world, the most important thing is managing salary decisions. Roberto could really impact upon the Leafs' salary cap during and after his decline.
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