I feel the same way about the Talbot/Weekes/Henrik thing. I would like to see what Talbot can do for the rest of the year though before i say he is making a case for himself as a starter. If he keeps it up though management will have to take a long look at the future and present to see whats more important.
Can we win a cup now or the next 5-6 years? If management thinks so then keep Hank, if they doubt it then trade him, unless they think he can win playoff series by himself without scoring (if they dont fix the scoring that is) then keep him.
My opinion is that we need a bit of retooling on the offense and defense. This year imo is more like an observation year. I wont be surprised to see some guys gone or moved for younger or faster players to fit AVs system. I think AVs system will work here, if we had the finishers we would be fighting for 1st place imo.
So keep Hank and bring in some punch from the blueline and maybe a few wingers who can score. We arent that bad.
If Sather is using the same criteria (and he is), Lundqvist will be re-signed. Sather wants one more ring before he retires--that's why he came here in the first place.
Before talking about trading Lundqvist, we need to see how Talbot can respond to high pressure games w/ quality chances against. And we also need a much higher sample size.
We've seen Talbot face lower end teams with the defense in front of him playing lights out defense. The shutout against MTL was easy, and I didn't think it could get much easier on a goaltender, and than the NSH game happened.
Right now, it's a good goaltender situation to have.
You have an elite goaltender capable of starting 60-70 games a season, and a reliable back up who can come in and win a game (albeit, the teams he is facing and the chances faced have been extremely limited, I almost feel as if we are sheltering him a little too much). But that is a GOOD situation to have.
In regards to the depth in the organization, you're right. This team needs more depth. If Lundqvist got injured, we have Talbot who isn't proven yet at the NHL level against top teams, or hasn't had a work load of 60+ games at an NHL level. If Talbot gets injured, you've got no one to give Lundqvist a rest over long stretches. They need a better third string goaltender. And they need to start drafting more goaltenders.
Lundqvist is only 3 years older than Talbot. Neither of them are what I'd call a kid. They need a young prospect who can come in and be a decent starter in a few years (like what Holtby was for the Capitals).
The Blackburn pick was a good pick at the time. We had no one lined up to replace Mike, and Danny was a hell of a goalie for us during our terrible years. Kid was one of the few brightspots for the seasons he played. In my opinion, if it wasn't for his injury, we wouldn't have drafted Montoya, and it would have been a toss up between him and Hank.
Blackburn was that good, behind a terrible defense, and at the age of 19