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04-13-2007, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Sather Hater View Post
I wouldn't say the Rangers are weak in goal? Are the Devils weak in goal, because they dont' have a top rated goalie prospect?

Montoya is never going to get a shot at the starting job in NY. With Lundqvist the Rangers already have a young bonafide #1 goalie, so having a prospect like Montoya sit around and start in Hartford, or back-up Lundqvist (and get 20 games a year) until he leaves as a free agent is a waste of a 1st round pick. Trading the #6 overall (from 3 years ago) for the #5 this year is a lateral move. If they can get someone like Van Riemsdyk in return it's a good move in my opinion. Don't forget it usually takes goalie's longer to develop, so a forward drafted in the top 5 or so this year won't be far behind Montoya in terms of when he could be a productive NHL'er. When they drafted Montoya they didn't know what the future would be in goal, they now have the answer.

They can always use a mid to later round pick in this draft to acquire another goalie prospect.
The problem is you are trading someone who we are pretty certain will be able to compete on the NHL level for a completely unproven talent. We need to develop Montoya on the NHL before we decide what to do with him, as he will be much, much more tradeable if we do so. With him performing so well in teh AHL over the past two seasons, it seems (you can never be certain) that Montoya will step up to the NHL level. Nobody is sure if Van Reimsdyk can step up at all, he is compeltely unproven and no matter what will take a ton of work to get him to top line talent level (four or five years). If Montoya gets to be the asset we think he should, he can bring in top line talent in one or two years.

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