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01-21-2013, 09:47 AM
Lou's Secret Sauce
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Hamburg, NY
Originally Posted by
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Devils fan saying an elite goalie isn't important??
Not the way our team is built any more. Outside of last year's playoffs, Brodeur has been pretty mediocre for the last two seasons. He's still average when compared to other starting goalies but he doesn't steal games for us anymore. He has not been an elite goalie for some time now.
We're building around a core of big, mobile, two-way, puck possession skaters that fits DeBoer's forechecking system. As long as we have decent goaltending (say, a Niemi/Pavelec level guy) there won't be a huge drop off.
I think Lehner is a star in the making, but moving big assets for a top goalie when a decent will suffice is not smart for NJ. We're thin enough at tradeable assets already.
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