Have expectations for that team increased enough to put more pressure on Lehtonen than in years past? I mean, once again, we fell short of a playoff spot, but, since we used this free agency to shore up, maybe some fans feel that this team could actually get into the playoffs.
I mean, goalies of teams who fell short of the playoffs and did a good number of moves in an attempt to improve the team will often feel more pressure than goalies of other teams who also fell short of the playoffs but didn't do the moves we did.
Right now, I'd put Lehtonen in the same pressure range as Jimmy Howard despite the discrepancy in hockey market size, because of the fact that this team fell short of the playoffs. But Detroit has never anointed Howard the savior of the Red Wings, and has not been a hard market on goalies lately, despite its size as a hockey market.
Originally Posted by Troy McClure
If they don't make a significant upgrade on D, he'll probably still get a free pass.
If that team somehow made an upgrade on D now, Lehtonen will overtake Howard easy and perhaps reach the pressure on the likes of Schneider, Bryzgalov, Quick, Lundqvist and Price...