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Canadian goaltending in the Olympics - We're in bad shape

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04-22-2013, 11:04 AM
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Canadian goaltending in the Olympics - We're in bad shape

Hi guys, just looking around potential starting lineups for the Olympics, and boy, Canada's got their work cut out for them in between the pipes.

With Brodeur aging, MAF playing just okay on a stacked team, Price not putting up numbers and his poor playoff record and Luongo, well, never been a big game player, who do you think should be the starter?

Seems there are newer guys pushing a bit. Holtby, Mike Smith... Ward is injured but also wasn't putting up spectacular numbers...

Point is, nobody is standing out as a go to guy right now. Concerned?

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Not even a little.

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I think there are some good goaltenders, we just don't have the marquee names.

Things have to change eventually.

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AHAHAHAH, are you serious? Canada is the best at every facet of this game and always will be.

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Except goaltending right now^

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AHAHAHAH, are you serious? Canada is the best at every facet of this game and always will be.
I hope you're kidding. There's some really talented players that aren't from Canada.

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If Mike Smith and Braden Holtby are the two guys in net in 2014, then yes, we should all be worried.

Between Price, Ward, and Fleury, and maybe Luongo, Canada will be fine.

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IMO Braden Holtby and James Reimer are smokies for Team Canada in Olympics, They both proven they can be relied upon in pressure situations, abd both having great season so far up to date

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AHAHAHAH, are you serious? Canada is the best at every facet of this game and always will be.
I think there are definitely a few countries above us in goaltending Sweden and Finland especially.

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Not a big game player?

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The playoff are starting next week that should help sort out who should dress. But don't be shock if team Canada is short many stars. 18+ hours flight to go play in the middle of nowhere for nothing instead of taking the wife and kids for some sunshine for a week.

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Canada is not in trouble in net. They just need to be slightly flexible and pick one of their top 2 goaltenders based ENTIRELY on who is playing well next season, not who is the biggest name. Every year there are a couple guys who you don't expect who play out of their minds. Someone will be the 2014 version of 2013 Craig Anderson, or 2012 Brian Elliot. That guy should make the team, even if it means not selecting MAF or Brodeur or Ward or whoever. If the top 2 goalies are 1 guy with a legacy of success playing for Canada and the other is a guy who is red hot, one of them will step up and provide solid goaltending. And that's really all Canada needs. They shouldn't need their goalie to steal games.

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Is it fair to consider James Reimer in this conversation his season stats are pretty impressive?

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Not a big game player?
He got beat against Slovakia in the last 5 seconds but the puck hit the post and he got beat with 30 seconds left of the gold medal game. He also has proven nothing in the NHL except that he can't play against Boston or Chicago and likes to roll around on his stomach.

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Luongo, Price, Crawford, Reimer, Ward, Fleury, Holtby, etc.

Canada would be the favorite with any of these guys in net.

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I feel okay with Price and MAF, even though they've had their ups and downs they should be good enough given how strong the Canadian team always is

Plus add in a wildcard like James Reimer and we'll be fine

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I love how Luongo's not good enough or a big game player enough to participate in a tournament he won gold in...

Price is likely the guy and is as good as anyone when he's on. They shouldn't have an issue in net.

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He got beat against Slovakia in the last 5 seconds but the puck hit the post and he got beat with 30 seconds left of the gold medal game. He also has proven nothing in the NHL except that he can't play against Boston or Chicago and likes to roll around on his stomach.
While Lundqvist, Rinne, etc have proven so much more at the NHL level, with all their Stanley Cups and all.

Luongo's won gold before, he can win it again.

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He got beat against Slovakia in the last 5 seconds but the puck hit the post and he got beat with 30 seconds left of the gold medal game. He also has proven nothing in the NHL except that he can't play against Boston or Chicago and likes to roll around on his stomach.
Damn so he lost both games right?

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Not a big game player?
He had an all-star team in front of him! I slab of beef could have won gold!!!!11!!

Sorry, just getting the usual counterargument out the way early.

Nevermind that IF that is true (Luongo only won because of an awesome team in front of him) then OP's original post is logically unsound - the 2014 skaters will be just as good, if not better, so goaltending doesn't matter.

Luongo, Price and MAF are all fine goalies that will give the 2014 Olympians a solid chance to win every night. I have no idea what this guy is talking about.

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The US has better goaltenders for the Olympics yes, but it will be Price, Ward, and MAF and we will be fine. If you think those three guys aren't good enough goaltenders than I have no idea what to tell you.

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Canada got shaky Fleury, Price and Luongo. Every major hockey country got better goalies atm. It could change in less than a year but you're not in good spot atm.

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Not a big game player?
Really? He let in the tying goal with less than a minute to go.

I'm interested to see who Canada picks as their starter next year but they're so stacked on O and D that it shouldn't really matter. Just don't pick Marty he's too old

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Is it fair to consider James Reimer in this conversation his season stats are pretty impressive?
No.

I mean, next year might change things if he's in the Vezina conversation by roster selection, but one quite good season isn't enough to hand him the starting role on the Canadian Olympic team.

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AHAHAHAH, are you serious? Canada is the best at every facet of this game and always will be.
Yep, good thing Quick,Lundqvist and Rinne are Canadian or you just might have to star to worry

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