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03-28-2013, 10:09 AM
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Blind Gardien
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He seems like a great teammate, and that's most important. I don't think people should go too far over the top in praising his abilities as a goalie, even with good results his last few games and the brick wall he put up in the shootout, however. The bottom line is that he's not very quick or cut out technically to be a #1 guy. He's right where he should be, a backup who knows how to be a good teammate, can bail us out every once in a long while, and if - knock wood - our starter ever did go down with an injury, we wouldn't be left in a completely hopeless situation, because hey, at least we have an experienced and decent backup to throw in.

Tokarski sure looks like he's ready for a try too, though, and would be a little cheaper. But you don't mess with a good thing just to make room for the unproven and save $500k on the cap. Most teams have their goalie situation set up prior to the start of a season, there aren't a lot of cases of rookie goalies getting claimed on waivers on October 1st, so I think it's likely tough luck for Tokarski at this point. Assuming we can sign Budaj ok and all. Tokarski will probably make it through as Hamilton's #1 guy for a full year, and we can revisit the whole thing in 2014.

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