Before the trade dealine, and all the talk about Stansy on the block, Avs fans were ok with a Miller for Stansy deal.
Salaries are just about a wash. Go sign a UFA goalie (voukoun or nabakov) for a more reasonable contract and go forward.
BUT always remember, we totally change the dynamics of the team but get the #1 center. Crazy but getting a goalie is...wait...seems to be easier than a #1 center.
That's great, but Avs fans also don't make the teams personnel decisions. Just because their fans are ok with doesn't mean the team would have any interest in making that deal. To use your own logic against you, why would the Avs trade their #1 center for a #1 goalie when like you said #1 goalies are much easier to find than #1 centers? Adding to that point if the Avs wanted a #1 goalie why wouldn't they just keep Statsny and sign one of Nabakov or Vokoun themselves?
Yea, 18-25 games would be ideal. It is just so hard to believe Ruff in his 13 yrs. of head coaching, he NEVER had a good enough back up to play 18-25 games, unless he was forced to due to injury. I find it hard to think he would change, but maybe he will.
Did you read my post? Miller was not injured in 06-07 and Biron got 19 games. If Ruff has a backup he trusts he will go to him.
Keep Miller. He earned a Vezina. If Enroth starts looking like a 100% sure thing, I'd ship him out for something. But we've complained in the past about this organization showing no loyalty to its best players, and then to go up and ship out the organization's probable best player? who is in commercials? who sells jerseys? I don't think that's the way Pegula's going to operate. I think we're stuck with Miller for another eight years until he hangs them up of his own accord. and I'm okay with that.
I do want to see a backup handle minimum 15-20 starts next year. But keep Miller around.
Ruff likes to ride a hot hand. Lalime doesn't know hot. Biron got back to back plenty of times when he shared with Miller -- although part of it was injury.
It's fun to create a what if topic but the idea of trading Miller is a non-starter. Enroth has way more to prove.
Exactly. We have yet to see Jhonas handle adveristy or bounce back from a bad game. He was handing out rebounds last night like they were candy. We should all be happy that we have what looks like a solid back up goalie and leave it at that........for now.
Can we just rename this thread "Let's Trade Miller, and Promote the Guy With a Lower Save Percentage in the AHL than Miller has in the NHL--In a Down Year for Miller--and Make Him the Starter, then Trade Miller for a Fictional #1 Center that No Team Will Give Up for a Goaltender Because, By Posters' Own Logic, You Don't Need a Top Goaltender to Win a Cup and #1 Goaltenders are Easier to Find Than #1 Centers."
Kind of a long title, but I think it accurately sums up the substance of the thread.
Keep them both and possibly have a goaltending tandem like Boston has.
I love this idea. When you have two good goalies in the NHL these days and a decent lineup, that's formidable. The drop off from starter to backup is steep for most teams. Maybe not Lalime drop but it's bad in a number of cities.
I love Boston come playoff time too. If Thomas gets cold, you've got a backup who could take you to the cup.
i posted this in July, this should be the 'plan'...hopefully
11/12 Backup (12-18 starts)-learning the NHL ropes
12/13 Backup (15-25 starts)-now a legit NHL option
13/14 Pushing Miller in Ryans last year under contract (think giggy/bryzy)
14/15 Legit NHL starter if Miller is regressing/wants out/trade bait
but yeah, lets see how he performs after 20-30 starts before crowning him successor