It may not happen right away (it actually may not happen at all) but it is not a stretch to believe that if Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson continues struggling, GM Steve Yzerman might soon bring goaltender Dustin Tokarski up from AHL Norfolk for a couple-game look-see.
It makes sense. Similar situation to last year when Desjardins got the call up because Norfolk had a lengthy layoff and the goaltending here was (is now) so bad that he actually got into 2 games and did well.
What the hell? Give the guy a shot. Can't be much worse than Roloson.
DC didn't mention it in the article but BP did on Twitter that Norfolk has another lengthy layoff around the holidays (9 days) so we might see it then.
I see no problem with it, give the guy a shot. If he doesn't play that well send him back but there's nothing wrong with giving him a taste. Wouldn't "hurt" his development if so, probably help it if anything. Extra motivation.
Scratch Clark, or hell, cut him. Send down Jones, bring up Tokarski, Ashton, Gudas and Oberg. Play Oberg one game, Gudas the next.
With the way its going now, what the heck do we have to lose?
One thing at a time. There's no need to blow up the team.
Clark's not the problem. Kubina is arguably is, but start fixing the problems from the net-out, and every change probably won't become necessary.
I think Bobby Taylor's having an influence in the meta-discussion. You have to keep in mind that goalies will never, under any circumstance, criticize a goalie. Taylor has said the Lightning are having trouble scoring goals, when they've putting up 2.57 goals/game. All we need is to get our goals against average below that. Right now it's 3.30, 28th in the NHL.
(2.57 goals/game is good enough for 18th in the NHL, which is not exactly inspiring, however, DAL is 22nd, CGY is 23rd, MIN is 24th, STL is 25th, and NJ is 26th)
You'll notice that every one of those teams has a good goalie. Kari Lehtonen has been playing the best hockey of his career for Dallas (2.34 gaa), Kipper for Calgary, Backstrom and Harding for MIN, Halak and Elliot for STL, and Brodeur for NJ.
Originally Posted by IdealisticSniper
The real question is. If they start him a game or two, and he does well like CD did. Do you let him stay or send him back down? And if he stays, then what?
CD would have stayed if SFY hadn't traded for Roloson.
I had concerns that CD was going to get figured out pretty quickly though with his split heavy style.
Last edited by Felonious Python: 12-14-2011 at 05:55 PM.
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ProHockeyTalk says Tokarski was recalled. I believe this is an error
Yzerman is doing all he can to correct the problem. Dustin Tokarski’s been recalled from AHL Norfolk (where he posted a 9-5-0 record with a 1.94 GAA and .918 save percentage) and Yzerman’s rumored to still be working the phones for a goaltending upgrade.