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12-21-2012, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeyisforeveryone View Post
As a new fan this is all a tough pill to swallow. I've read the advice carefully and the possibilities can be shocking to someone like myself who has grown attached to this team very quickly. I hate the thought of disbanding this crew but if that's truly best at this point, then I agree with the posters.

But I must say they are so close. There have been moments of greatness this 1st half, certain periods and some entire games, where these kids looked unreal. Huge physical play, courageous drives, sick passes, dangles, shots....even against London it was said that the game was very close.

The word here and around the rink is the same: Goaltending! If any trades happen I hope it's for a new goalie. I'm not a hater but as mentioned many times, if we had an elite goalie, who could save or change games...damn I think this conversation would be radically different.
What you need to realize is that this team had an elite goaltender last year, as well as more front line scoring, and still laid an egg in the playoffs -- mostly due to poor defensive play.

This season, the scoring has been very inconsistent due to the losses of J.T. Miller, Mitchell Heard and Andy Bathgate. Only Ryan Hartman and Mistele have stepped in to help fill that void, but that has not been enough. The defense, meanwhile is not much better than last year's group. Add the miserable goaltending, and it's been a hot mess.

So, based on all that, I do not see this team being just an elite goaltender away from a championship. There is some impressive individual talent in Noesen, Rakell, Wilson and Hartman, but the team has never come together.

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