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03-03-2013, 05:58 PM
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Maybe you shouldn't try telling people why they think what they do. Because I don't see anyone really making a case to call Irving up or anything like that.
Irving was one of the best goaltenders in the AHL last year, he earned his recall from Abbotsford based on his play. He didn't struggle until after he was sent back down and his wife had a baby. Taylor never became the starter in Abbotsford because Irving played poorly, he and the team just played so well while Irving was away from the team (on the recall and for his child) that Ward had no choice but to keep running with Taylor.
It really bothers me when people that have no idea what they are talking about spew nonsense because they think they can read a stats sheet. You really remind me of one of those hack writers like you see on Flames Nation that think everyone is defined by a statistic.
If you think I'm going purely off stats that's your own prerogative. I hate people using goalie stats without watching a player. I've been defending Kipper for the years where his numbers don't reflect his stellar play. I also despise Corsi.
I fully realize that Irving was the MVP for the Heat for quiet some time. My problem is he hasn't had the consistency with that higher end playing ability. Blame it on being a first time parent, being in the NHL or whatever you will.The fact remains he lost the starting job in the AHL to Taylor and couldn't win it back. More recently even beaten out of the backup position by Brust. Not to take anything away from Taylor or Brust, both players I enjoy. Brust particularly when I watched him with the Bingo Sens.
Irving has played decently well at the NHL level, especially if you take away the two blowouts the team simply didn't show up for (Boston last year and Vancouver this year). But not well enough to keep the job over Joey Macdonald in my personal opinion. Mac won't give you as high a potential but more consistent, and for a team that is struggling to find their own ***** half the time is an important factor.
Would I rather have Irving starting tonight instead of Taylor? Indubitably. Am I mad that Flames management want to see what they have in Taylor at the NHL level? No. Based solely on this season Taylor has definitely earned a chance. There's also no one from Flames management saying we won't see Irving back up if he plays well in Abby. Then again Mac might make that difficult but you never know, especially if Kipper gets moved.
I'm just sick and tired of people *****ing and moaning that the Flames always **** up by not giving our prospects free ice time. It had to be earned.
Edit: the more I think about it the more my argument makes sense in regards to the NHL than the AHL.
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