he would sign a contract where he earns a lot less than what he is getting right now?
I know everyone wants Alvaro to back stop Henrik next year, but I´m not sure if it will do him good if he plays for let´s say 25 games and then rusts for the rest of the season. It definetly will give him a taste of the big league, but I´d rather have Montoya develope one more year down in Hartford.
I know a lot of heads will explode thinking about Weekes being back with us but honestly the only problem I had with him was the money he was getting. He is a great guy on and off the ice, handled the situation with Henke very well without moaning (he was hired to be our Number 1 and then a rookie got his spot). And he wasn´t that bad as people make him out to be.
I personally think Kevin is the best backup option right now.
So in conclusion I´d sign Weekes for another year (with a much smaller paycheck).
Am I the only one feeling this way?
Last edited by MrAlfie: 05-22-2007 at 09:04 PM.
Yes. I said so before and I say so now. I also think he signs with us at a great discount.
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I've got no issue with Weekes, he is overpaid for a backup, but he's good enough that if the team in front of him is playing well, they'll win. In otherwords, he not likely to steal many games, but I think he's worth it for the aforementioned reasons of him being great for the team, on and off the ice.
If he is willing to take a discount, sign him up. I think with Weekes the main thing is seeing ice time, in the past two seasons he hasn't had enough ice time to be effective IMO. Now i'm not suggesting that he gets close to the amount of time Henke does, but he needs more than once or twice a month. That was my gripe last season and it is still the same this season. As WheresBarnaby said, he wont steal games, but if the team is playing reasonably well in front of him, he wont lose them either....for the most part
I like Weekes. He is a total class act and good teammate..he can be very inconsistent in goal though, so it would have to be for a mill tops. But given some of the other options, he looks somewhat decent.
I like Weekes alot, and he clearly gets along well with Lundqvist and the team. You could argue that his game is sub par when he isn't the number one because he doesn't play enough to get in a rhythm. I think the issue is just consistency. Unless he understands he will never earn the number one job, he will always put alot an uncessary amount of pressure on himself, and thats when he doesn't perform well. He's an intense competitor like Lundqvist, one of the reasons they get along, but unlike Henrik, he skates on thin ice with the fans. If he gets comfortable in the backup role, he'll do a fine job. I don't trust Valiquette at all.
Absolutely, I'd love to see him back. As long as he understands that:
A) The starting job is taken. He will not win it back.
B) A pay cut is headed his way.
Ditto on this exactly.....Weekes seems like a really great guy and from all accounts is good in the dressing room.
However I still have an issue with the "first shot goal" conundrum...it still seems to me that the first shot when he plays is a goal....after that not so bad.....but I'd welcome him back as long as a pay cut is in order....
Give Montoya one more year down there in Hartford (or wherever they end up) give Weekes a one year deal and see what happens.... I really really really think that next year we're going to be pushing for the cup.....It's not going to surprise me to see something like in 94 where we give up some excellent youth prospects for a win now....
Then again who knows what the attitude will be if Maloney goes to Phoenix.
The back-up situation is a little dicey. You want to have a solid one that can come in and give Henrik a rest. Will we want to pay a guy more than $1,000,000 per year when he will play 15 games at most? I don't think I'd complain if Weekes came back at a lesser rate with a complete understanding of his new roll.
I've looked on the net but does anyone have a link to a list of potential UFA goaltenders? Sorry in advance if this has already been added/posted prior to this thread.
No. This would be an example of signing a vet to block a younger player that would show to me anyway that they don't know what to do with. Beyond that Weekes is just not that good--and from what I've seen he's even worse when he's rusty. So to keep him relatively at the top of his game he'll have to play 25 games or more. Might just as well give that to Montoya--who sitting down in Hartford for another year will show to me a lack of confidence by the organization in his ability to compete and really start to erode his value. I won't dispute that Kevin is a good guy and been a champ about giving way to Henrik and not sulking and being a positive influence even but the time for him to leave is now.
I don't know if I'd go as far as saying Valley is better... He did do a good job in the few games he played and gave the team a chance. I wouldn't mind him being the backup. But Weekes isn't as horrible as people make him out to be. I'd take him if he was cheap. But then again why not trade him to a team that needs him more play Al a bit or Valley and get something in return for Weekes.