How goalies should be treated is a topic a Canucks fan might be careful opining upon. heh.
Why's that exactly? If anything we're well versed in the school of 'how not to handle goalies.'
Although I do think our troubles with goalies is overblown. Cloutier was awful and should have been replaced, but by all acounts the team loved him and it was harder than it seemed. Before that was a revolving door (a lot of teams go through that for several years) and before that was Captian Kirk and King Richard. Then the Luongo trade and the immaculate development of Cory Schneider. The drama came from having two top end goalies in a high pressure market. Gillis didn't handle it very well, but I don't it think it compares to calling your self a playoff team and annointing James Reimer your starter when you're out in April. That's 'how to ruin a young player' 101. They must earn it.
Can someone explain to me who Paul Ranger is and why he is suddenly a top pairing D after playing in the AHL last year? After disappearing for 2 years?
He was looking pretty good for Tampa before going on a mysterious hiatus from the NHL (I won't speculate). Good for 30 points and solid both ways. Came back after his hiatus (began at the beginging of the 2009-10 season) and was very solid for the Marlies last season. From what I've read he was arguably one of the top players in the American league last year. Still just 28 he's in his prime. Does that mean he'll be a top pairing defenceman for the Leafs? I doubt it. But I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the second pairing and have a solid season while he's at it.