I'd trade Saad for Hackett. He's one of the next elite goalies IMO. His only issue is rebounds and we handled that pretty well with Niemi. They are more like the big rebounds of Niemi, not ones that lead to hack jobs in the crease.
Crawford wasnt the main problem, but he wasnt the solution either.
It has to be tough seeing the opposition goalie getting peppered every game while you are sitting there waiting for shots to come your way to get into the game.
I am not making excuses, but there is a reason why some goalies prefer to face a lot of shots...it keeps them in the game and it doesnt put all the world on the 2or3 shots you might face in a 10 minute span.
Crawford's overtime goals allowed were terrible and he will get his share of blame...but again, when you are as putrid on special teams as we are, and when your star forwards get outperformed by Frolik, Brunette, and Seabrook...there is a bigger problem at hand then CC.
Thereís no way you can blame Crawford alone Ö but letís face it. Those 2 OT goals were not just soft. They were brutally soft that any peewee goalie with his head in the game would stop. This has been the pattern all season with Crawford. Good in the first, not bad in the second and awful when the intensity turns up in the 3rd.
Smith stole this series, plain and simple and we all knew going in that no matter how far we got, this could easily happen .... and that it was very unlikely that Crawford would outplay any goalie we met. Well we were right, and we didnít go very far. With weak goaltending all season it should come as no surprise really. That said, Coyotes was the one team I figured we'd beat but below average goaltending seldom works in playoff hockey.
Rinne vs Smith could prove interesting but I think Coyotes will get smoked and at best Smith may keep it respectable.
Agree with this 100%. Hawks lost 4 games, and two of them were on absolutely BRUTAL goals that you just can't give up in the P/O's if you want to advance. That's true if your Crawford, Roy (anyone remember the statue of liberty hot-dog move that got the Av's bounced?) or Broduer (numerous sub-par play-off's to go with the Cups). I'm not comparing CC to those guys - but just to prove a point that when the "all time greats" break down, they take their team with them in flames.
I haven't seen one person who said this is 100% on Crawford. But I think it ludicrous to give him a pass because he made some decent saves. Take into account that the Yotes were the worst offensive team going into the P/O's skill wise (just IMO), and his .890 SP% looks even worse.
If every team in the Western Conference is going to be strong defensively minded with forwards that forecheck and back check we're going to need good goaltending to be a contender, not "adequate" but good.