We're a few days away from opening night and the Sharks are still carrying three goalies. Greiss didn't play in Deutschland, which seemed like the obvious reason for taking him on the plane ride. If there was a trade in the works, why would they drag him half way around the world?
Now Lilja gets released, while in Sweden of all places.
This has really been a strange off season.
As a reward? Because if a goalie is injured, they have a backup? Because he's on the team and we don't want to put him on waivers?
As far as Lilja; good to see the Sharks like what they have in our youth. It probably has to do with ice time for Lilja.
"This is not a nick or a scratch, this is an open wound" - Doug Wilson.
I had a sense that we were either working a trade or Lilja's agent was negotiating for more than minimum. He seemed to have a good enough camp to get signed. TMac must be a little red-faced advocating for his guy then watching him walk. The surprise to me as this has evolved is that Moore is subject to waivers and that has to play into the decision. It would appear he is the guy that has made the team.
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“Our young guys played very well and everybody’s healthy,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told me when I reached him by phone. “He had a very good camp and made it competitive for us, but that’s the decision we made and we wish him the best.”
Applying the Niemi / Greiss logic here... if Lilja made this team better, he'd have a contract regardless of who may have looked to be next in line.
Yea, your right on that. I guess if the D is going to suck, its a great time to get some young guys in there for the experience. Maybe one of these guys will suprise us
Absolutely. And, we already have an abundance of the Lilja types. Moore alone has had a good solid camp and along with already doing his time in the 'A', he at the least deserves a shot to prove himself with us. Otherwise, D.W. knows he will do so elsewhere and as you stated, he (or another) may actually turn out to be a good surprise for us.