Don't really think this is a story, though. They play the Canes tonight, then they have the Lightning and Pens. Not a big deal if he doesn't play the opener and is better rested for the next two games.
I was pretty surprised when I read this yesterday, although it's not like Vokoun won't get plenty of other starts. You would just think, it's Opening Night and the starter would start. Yes, the difference between Markstrom and Neuvirth is that he has had experience starting. I don't know how safe I'd feel with Markstrom in net tonight, but am hoping to see him get some starts in over the next few weeks.
I think the big issue is that BB doesnt have a clue when it comes down to player management. This wouldnt be an issue had he sat down with TVo and let him know the plan. My thoughts with this is that Bruce is giving Neuvy the nod tonight because of his outstanding play in the preseason and on top of that the next 2 games are Tampa and Pitt. So if you sit Neuvy tonight he doesnt get a start until 2 weeks into the season. It makes sense it was just handled wrong IMO by Bruce.
I have absolutely no bitterness towards Vokoun at all. He's still one of my favorite all-time players and I really enjoyed having a player like him on my team. Most of the time, he'll play spectacular and keep you in games single-handedly. Other times, he'll be off his game and let in some weak goals. He'll always admit when he's had a bad performance and will blame himself when the team isn't winning, even when it's not his fault. It's a shame that he didn't re-sign in Florida for another season, but I am glad to see him sign somewhere with the chance to win a Cup.
Probably, but with Vokoun between the pipes i wouldn't rule this team out of a deep run.
Yup agreed if we can keep up the effort and production we saw the other night. We may not have the high end skill that the Caps have but the Predators have shown that a team game can sometimes beat out skill.
Watching some of tonight's game on VS, seems that the Caps aren't playing all that much team defense in front of Vokoun either so I wouldn't rule out them being eliminated from the playoffs quickly again.
Originally Posted by Panthers are Red
I was more meaning because he is being paid less than we offered him and because he was feeling disrespected for not getting to start the opening home match.
Not to mention we offered him a 2 yr deal IIRC which would've given him more stability for his family as well. And he was guaranteed to be the starter here at least 1.5 of those yrs since Tallon was saying all along that he was going to bring Markstrom along slowly.