Is it Time to Call up Montoya?
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03-01-2007, 11:15 PM
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Lundqvist has started 19 straight, and played in 28 straight. That is a LOT of games. Brodeur usually plays 72-75 games a year, behind a very consistent defense. That is about 9 out of 10. So the fact is - Lundqvist can NOT play every game from now until the playoffs. He can't. At least - not if you expect him to stay sharp and uninjured. Goalies need nights off.
So, if you disagree - and would rather play Lundqvist the remaining 19 games (for a total of 47 straight) - then fine. You are wrong, but fine.
If you agree - then we need to determine who the second best goalie in the Rangers organization is. Hmmm. Weekes is injured, and I don't have any confidence in him returning and being 100%. Valiquette? Also no confidence.
Montoya? Yes - I have confidence. Much more than the other two.
Next question - when should he play? Should we press our luck and play Lundqvist for 9 more? And then what - perhaps the Rangers are only one point out of the playoffs. Then give him the rest he needs? Or then just cross your fingers and play him the remaining 10?
I think - Montoya should be called up soon, and then play a game. If it goes well, give him one or two more. And then send him down again. And then late in the season - and perhaps in the playoffs - repeat. He shouldn't ride the bench. But we need his services, and I bet he'll do fine.
It really makes sense to me. Nothing else makes sense to me.
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