The All-Purpose Bryz/Goaltending Thread #7
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01-17-2013, 01:23 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Originally Posted by
I understand you were frustrated that Bryz got shelled in December, we all were. Heres the thing you still fail to realize, if one guy isn't doing his job its up to the rest of the team to play well enough to get Wins. Spending 5 million of Elder or 8 million on Weber isn't going to stop the fact this team doesn't play well in their own zone. TEAM DEFENCE! The Rangers, Devils, Kings etc all play team defence. They clog lanes, block shots, and reduce the amount of quality scoring chances to practically zero. They push teams to the outside and counter-attack based on the fact they forced the other team to make mistakes. Does Bryz let in softies? No doubt but the amount of times the the puck gets deflected in, point shots make it through and the second and third chances out weight the softies. The elite teams in this league make sure those point shots get blocked or the stick is tied up to prevent deflections and they without a doubt collapse in front of their goalie to prevent the 2nd and 3rd chances. This team has some of the best offensive talent in the NHL, I'd say their on par with LA, the difference is LA works from the goalie out, the Flyers work from Forwards out. Bryz will have a great 48 games, I truly believe that, but for this team to be successful, they need to start doing the little things that can make Bryz, Leighton, Boucher whoever great.
It is indeed up to the rest of the team to make up for teammates. I realize that perfectly well. The issue is, it's VERY difficult to make up for a struggling goaltender. It's much easier to make up for a struggling skater than it is a struggling goaltender. You can minimize that guy's ice time, or use him situationally...that doesn't really work with goalies. The 09-10 team could do it, but we don't have that team anymore. Very few teams in hockey have the ability to do so. If a highly paid skater has a bad game, it's unusual that he's single-handedly responsible for the loss, unless it's an amazingly bad game; if a goalie has a bad game, he can easily cost his team the win on his own, and that happens more often.
Goal is a very specialized position...you have only one role: stop shots. They only impact the play in one of the three zones. So if you're going to pay over 5 million dollars for a goalie, that goalie NEEDS to be consistent and needs to minimize the number of times he puts the team in a bad spot...you'd expect him to maximize the positive impact he has in his one zone of play. A goalie of that supposed caliber should be making up for the deficiencies of the team in front of him, instead of being completely reliant on the defense. If Bryz wants to stay on this team without getting bought out, he needs to play up to his cap hit. He didn't do that last year, so people (including myself) are concerned it could possibly happen again. Does defense need to be better this year? Yeah, it sure does. Ranking around the middle of the league won't get the job done. Unfortunately, neither does having a goalie ranked near the bottom for save percentage.
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Bernie Parent 1974
oh, there you go again with your darn facts to make sense !!
Here's a darned fact for you: a goalie being paid 5.6 million dollars shouldn't move like a drugged sloth from post to post, should have some idea what position he should be in, and shouldn't routinely let unscreened point shots in. He also shouldn't be ranked almost dead last amongst starting goalies for the bulk of the season. Guess what Bryz was doing for a depressing amount of last year?
He has yet to prove he can hack it here. He's given us a lot more to be concerned about than to be excited for. Acknowledging that yet hoping he turns it around doesn't make someone a "Bryz hater" as you call them, or make them anti-Bryz. I hope that someday you can understand that distinction.
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