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05-22-2013, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Jack de la Hoya View Post
I think there's a lot to this. Look at Laviolette's team in Carolina. No real franchise-caliber #1 there.

...though they had Cam Ward playing like a god through most of that playoff run...
And Cam Ward has been very average ever since. That goes back to my other philosophy that having a true "Number 1 franchise goalie" is pointless unless you have a generational talent. Platoon two decent talents and try to ride the hot hand. If you have two decent options to choose you A. avoid all the goalie controversies that accompany the struggles of any "undisputed" #1 starter (inevitible since goalie performance comes in hot streaks and cold streaks for almost everyone) B. avoid overpaying for a goalie and C. have options if/when your current starter goes cold down the stretch. That way the whole team doesn't go down with the ship like the Canadiens this year when Price struggled or almost the Penguins with Fleury.

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