2014 - Finland Roster Discussion
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04-01-2013, 05:34 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Like in 2006?
Just pick the best trio that fits the mold. Mine would currently be Rinne-Rask-Niemi. (Somehow I don't see Lehtonen going if he's the 3rd string.)
The situation was different in 2006. There were no goalies who were considered to be of the same caliber as Kipper, so they were pretty much forced to pick the ones they eventually did. Things worked out back then, but nobody could've predicted that before the tournament. Now we have a bunch of good NHL starters to choose from, which is of course a much better position to be in.
Like you, I don't think Lehtonen wants to be the 3rd goalie and I'd question if Niemi would be interested either. Of course they can find a goalie in Europe who'd be willing to tag along as the 3rd wheel, but I think Bäckström might be okay with the position and to be honest I'd feel more confident having him to back up in case of an injury instead of some KHL goalie.
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