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Rask or Backstrom?

View Poll Results: Who would you rather have for a Cup run?
Rask 41 48.81%
Backstrom 43 51.19%
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01-03-2013, 12:31 AM
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I don't care who you prefer but for the sake of accuracy, Backstrom played 70 games one time and 60 games one time, so if by multiple times and a bunch of teams you mean 2 you would be correct.

I prefer Rask because I have watched them both play and I like Rask better, it doesn't really matter that Rask played 45 games once, 29 and 25 the other years as a backup. There also isn't a goalie alive who would have played much more on the Bruins than Rask did when you consider they had a goaltender winning 2 Vezina trophies in Rask's 3 years.
58 games is awfully close to 60.....

Regardless I just think Rask has to show he can carry load as a legit starter before giving the nod over a guy who I consider to be one of the most consistent tenders in the league.

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01-03-2013, 12:33 AM
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Will be an interesting year for both these guys if we get a season. This poll 6 months from now could have completely different results.

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01-03-2013, 03:55 AM
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01-03-2013, 05:08 PM
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my bad.... clicked on backstrom but meant rask....

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If that is true, then I am guessing Brian Elliot doesn't have the experience to be chosen over him and Jaroslav Halák doesn't have much more experience than Elliot.
What's wrong with that implication? I certainly wouldn't consider taking Brian Elliott over Backstrom (as OP said, for one season in a vacuum), and with Halak it's close, as well.


Anyway, I think it's a close call. To me, the only people that are way off are the ones saying it's either by a big margin. Rask certainly has the potential to become better than Backstrom is now, but it's not easy to tell if that's going to happen within a year. Backstrom has certainly solidified himself at a higher level, so far. The comparisions between the numbers Rask put up in his season for the Bruins and Backstroms' numbers on a Wild team in entirely different spheres are rather meaningless towards evaluating the two on their own.

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Rask led the NHL in Save Percentage & GAA in the only season that he was the starter for the Bruins.

Rask played on an all around defensively minded team, when you call crap like that for Lunqvist, Quick and Rinne, you have to do the same for Rask.

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01-04-2013, 06:23 PM
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You mean where he blew a 3-0 series lead?
He's the last person I'd blame for that collapse. You can't expect much from a rookie in his first playoffs, and he played very well... He gave up a couple of bad goals, but he really only cost us a game.

The rest of the team let up 3.

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Rask AINEC....
Niklas Backstrom and his worthless, Vezina nominated season are no match for Rask and his one, impressive season as a starter.

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