The All-Purpose Bryz/Goaltending Thread #7
View Single Post
01-29-2013, 01:57 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Originally Posted by
I'm not absolving him from any and all blame, but people now complaining about the Bob trade is silly. He was not going to be the starter here. I don't imagine he would have re-signed to be the backup. Homer got a good return for a guy who put up a sub .900 SV% and plus 3.00 GAA. Sure, he may be a better backup than Leighton, but you have to strike while the iron is hot. Waiting on Bob would have lowered his trade value or risked him simply walking for nothing. Call the Leighton signing a mistake, I am leaning that way myself after years of fighting it, haha. But Homer really had no choice but to trade Bob.
This is essentially answered by this:
Originally Posted by
Giroux tha Damaja
Yes, I was one of the people frustrated that they traded Bob. I was frustrated that they signed Bryzgalov in the first place, because they're almost the same thing (one necessitates the other). I would have liked a little more patience with that situation and the team in general. At the same time I appreciate that they try to compete and ice a competitive roster every year, which means they're going to occasionally make some aggressive moves I don't like. I'm over it, but I do think it was a mistake.
The comparison between Bryz/Leightong and Bobrovsky is a little bit disingenuous. Bobrovsky was making 1.6/year and was a sophomore goaltender (what sophomore goalie didn't slump?) He had a ton of potential to improve and the work ethic to make it happen. He had also been a BAMF for the first year he was here. He's doing well in Columbus after the trade. Bryz and Leighton are established and known quantities. There is no real upside to them beyond what they already are. Bryzgalov is making some serious loot cakes, to be a not much better goalie than Bob.
Bob is young, we still probably haven't seen his best, and he has far more upside than Bryz does (in the sense that Bob can be expected to improve and develop, while the same is not expected of Bryz), who is more likely than not approaching his decline. We had an opportunity to develop a young goalie, and it ended up getting blown. The first Leighton re-signing failed, so Bob stayed up instead of getting loads of AHL time. The problem is, he needs playing time to get better since he's still pretty raw. Sending him down was a bad option for several reasons. Playing behind the expensive goalie we'd just signed for a long contract wouldn't get him enough playing time either. We were worked into a hole, by the org's doing as well as factors they couldn't help, and a rare opportunity for the Flyers had to be sent away as a result.
It's frustrating, but it is what it is.
Down in the basement, I've got a Craftsman lathe. Show it to the children when they misbehave.
View Public Profile
Beef Invictus's albums
Find More Posts by Beef Invictus