If the NHL comes back, there has to be a big expansion.
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12-28-2012, 11:18 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
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I see you one Thomas and raise you another.
Imagine if Thomas had been given his chance at a reasonable age and he'd been able to put up 6 or 7 more years at his peak level. We'd be talking about a lights out Hall of Famer.
Any team struggling to find acceptable starting goaltending talent isn't doing so because that talent can't be found. They're doing so because they can't find the talent -- an entirely different, if superficially related, thing.
Philidelphia and Toronto, I am looking RIGHT AT YOU here (hard to do both at the same time, but I always knew I was part chameleon)
We can go back a lot further than that, and find guys like Johnny Bower as an example of someone who excelled once he actually got a chance. More recently, we can add in Brian Rafalski and Martin St. Louis.
Right now, there are probably 10 guys out there who, given the chance, could step into the NHL next year and play on either the first line or first pairing. They're all in the AHL or playing in Europe.
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