I'll give him an incomplete grade as he missed a good deal of the season with the abdominal injury/surgery. If he attempted to play, unwisely, through the injury earlier in the season then that could be a reason for some of his struggles at that time. Now, he is part of a new coaching staff and the team has a different concept, an improved approach in recent weeks. The recent shutout was a strong team effort and the defense more than any other aspect of the team should be applauded. The general attachment to goaltending "it's not how many saves you make but when you make them" was emphasized yesterday when he made that terrific stop in the waning moments which overshadowed the blunder earlier. To date: incomplete but the team is improved and he has taken part in some wins which shouldn't be overlooked.
I'll give him a free pass as he was exceptional (IMO) until that Western road trip before he left the line-up. Given the fact he's just returned from surgery, I'm not going to nail him to the cross just yet. I'm looking forward to the Olympic break for him to get fine tuned, then hopefully into the spring on a nice playoff run.
I think a lot of people are trying to say he's been playing bad, but I personally don't think he's been too bad. He's played well, but occasionally has had small slip ups which lead to chances. I have confidence he'll turn it up soon.
He's essentially still in preseason form (7 games played since the injury), so it's a bit early to be drawing any conclusions. In those games he's got a .911 SV% (assuming I did my math right). Even if he doesn't look entirely comfortable, he's still been playing well.
He's so bad technically, it just causes so many red flags. I mean, I believe one of Homer's justifications for him was that he'd be more physical in the crease which would prevent scrums. I'm sorry, I'd rather have a guy that actually knows how to cover a puck.
He's gotten bailed out a few times with early whistles and has cost us several goals where he just doesn't know where the puck is in his equipment.
Today he had a good game, had some really good saves.
Wasn't tested on any breakaways which is what he needs most work on.
Emery's stance and stiff legs are a big part of why he sucks at breakaways in my opinion.
His knees are relatively straight and his feet are too close. If he could bend his knees deeper, get his feet a little wider, pull his shoulders back (instead of bent forward how they are now), and sit his ass down in his stance.....it would make his knees that much closer and faster to the ice, his feet that much quicker to the posts, and make his catching and blocking motion faster and smoother. It would also help lateral mobility immensely as well, as it would give him more of a sideways push. It would keep his feet more flared out to the side in a wider butterfly when he drops, instead of his feet being behind his ass in the butterfly like they are (he has a really narrow B-fly). It all comes from the stance.
The problem with him doing this stuff is that it looks like he doesn't have the hip flexibility, so it would drag his shoulders and chest forward and **** up his catching motion and expose the corners more. He is an explosive athlete, he is just very stiff for a goalie.
Dude needs to stretch, stretch, stretch. Everything you do in net starts with your stance, and his sucks.
Last edited by Giroux tha Damaja: 01-30-2010 at 07:54 PM.
He has an unusual skillset. He only really excels at one thing - stopping the first shot. Everything else he's either mediocre or terrible (although we've seen some Hasek in him who knows if that's good or bad). But it's enough where I'm happy with him going into the playoffs with the talent that's in front of him. You have to sacrifice payroll to have a group of skaters as good as ours. And the age-old maxim that goaltending wins championships might be just that -- age-old. The cap changes a lot of things. Either way anyone who ever had talent at some point can arguably get hot in the playoffs.