Better Goalie Duo Round 1(#4 Luongo/Schneider vs #5 Halak/Elliot)
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12-26-2012, 02:05 AM
Join Date: May 2012
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Okay, you're right. I guess I've been letting HFboards get into my head a little bit and have forgotten most of what he has accomplished. He has had his fair share of struggles recently though, and I guess that was just too fresh on my mind.
I guess my point in all of this is Halak shouldn't be overlooked like he is being in this thread. He has stepped up huge whenever he has needed to and it seems to be getting overlooked. When you look back at his career, he was expected to be Prices backup and was able to take the position away from him, due to Price playing bad, and Halak taking advantage of the situation. Then he had that incredible playoffs and incredible Olympics.
He gets traded to St. Louis and is given his first time ever starter situation in the NHL in a completely new city, new conference and new teammates. He had his struggles sure, but that was a little expected. Then last year, well his numbers speak for themselves.
I just can't understand why Halak is being mentioned as the third best goalie in this group with his history. In my opinion, others disagree obviously, he's the best of the 4. I don't think there is anyway he is the third best though. Schneider may be better in the future, we'll see, but he just doesn't have quite as good of a resume as the other two do right now and I don't think he can be considered better than Halak.
From what I've gathered, most people rank it Luongo, Halak, Schneider, Elliot (with quite a gap between Schneider and Elliott). This is the way I'd rank it as well, Luongo is the best goalie here, and the hate he gets on the general boards is absolutely
Halak slots in behind Luongo, Halak is an above average NHL starter (but not elite), who played like the second coming of Hasek for a short stretch in 2010. I definitely would have Halak on my team next season ahead of Schneider, Halak's more proven to me as a starter. Schneider is again, an above average NHL starter, and is a great goalie as well. Elliott is the odd one out here, he set the save percentage record, but the previous July was thrown in the scrap heap by the Avalanche. There's a possibility he's a late bloomer (and 27 for a goalie isn't all that late), but that's not a given and I wouldn't want to hinge my hopes on him playing like last year again.
Actually, I can't say I'd want Halak on my team. I'm a Habs fan, and the gong show that would surround Halak returning to Montreal would be monumental
I would take Vancouver's duo, Luongo is the best goalie here, Halak and Schneider are close enough that you have to take Vancouver's duo and get 2 solid starters, as opposed to the STL group where you get a solid starter and a guy who may or may not be a starting calibre goalie again.
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