I'll say Conks.The way that MacT likes going with what's working when they are winning.
You never know what Philly or the Rags may offer over the break for Salo?If Philly offered Handzus in some sort of a package deal now that Lapointe is back giving them 5 centers and knowing how the Oil could use a big top 2 line middle man.
i was completely for giving salo his second chance back in january, because conklin wasnt playing very good and it was in the oilers best interests to see if salo could bring his game around.... salo has had his second chance, in fact (by my count) he is on his 3rd chance, and he just screwed that one up...... salo did bring his game around for a couple weeks with this last opportunity, then it went into the tank again..... i dont know that i think conklin is a better goalie than salo, i just dont think hes any worst than salo (because i really dont know if that is possible, and im not being mean, im just looking at the facts of the situation)..... that, coupled with the fact that all indicators point to salo not being here next season, makes me belive that we should find out as much as we can about conklins game this year, because then we can make a more informed choice about our goaltending next season (ie. whether to let conklin have the starting job or to trade for another goalie for tandem work or to take over the number 1 position completely)
Conklin...if the team is winning, why switch goalies?? I agree Salo's days are numbered as an Oiler. he'd need to carry the Oilers to a first round playoff upset, if he wants to be back in Edmonton after this season. it's pretty much common knowledge the Oilers WILL NOT pick up Salo's option for next season, and if he is gonna be here, it'll have to be at a very cheap price, & hopefully with performance bonuses, so he earns the $$$$ he'd receive.
I personally think they should start Salo. Conklin just hasn't looked that strong to me.. I don't think I can take another goal where he loses the puck and thinks he has it covered up only to have an opposing player tap it in. I stand by the fact that a really hot Salo (whether that's at all possible is up for debate) is our only shot at the playoffs.
but when do we see Tommy's top game anymore? Even when he had that lights out first period vs the Hawks he still managed to totally crap the bed on the 3-2 goal.
But it makes for an interesting decision with the Oilers going all out for a playoff spot. Would this be November I'd say go with Ty and don't yank him until he has two bad games in a row, ie try and give him a little comfort zone.
But seeing as how the Oilers are trying to make the dance, then I say damn the comfort and go with who's hot and yank the guy who cost you the last game. It's not the best way to develop Ty but there's not much other choice right now. As for if it's fair to do this kind of thing to Tommy, then shag him because his lackluster play and salary have put us in this situation anyway.
I think MacT is leaning towards the old 'win and you play again' strategy. That means Conklin is in net for the next game. Conklin is, imo, a very average goalie by NHL standards. The thing he seems to have going for him is a) Tommy is letting in very bad goals from time to time and b) the team protects Conklin better than they protect Tommy because Tommy keeps making tremendous saves that make the team think he is back to his old self. Other than Conklin's ability to squeeze the puck in his glove hand and a propensity to wander that is occassionaly troublesome Conklin basically stops everything you expect him to stop. In the NHL that is not good enough to be a starter. You have to stop everything that it is expected for you to stop and you have to rob guys from time to time. Conklin is not a starter. A reasonable backup is as good as he will be. Unfortunately Salo looks like Belfour his last season in Dallas. Conklin does not look like Turco.