he's a risky one though...likes to come out and play the puck, even with pressure around him and the net. He got burned quite a few times last year...especially at the end of the season when they really needed some wins.
Hedberg apparently plays it well (has been impressing the hell out of Tom and Shorty... made a breakout pass, clears dump-ins, and almost scored). i honestly haven't seen too much of him yet so i can't say either way. same with DiPietro.
Why do many believe it is an easy decision? They are very similar goaltenders with similar styles. Both Jersey and Dallas rely heavily on thier skills. On any given night one could be better than the other.
* Correct me if I'm wrong Islander fans, but hasn't The Rick curbed a few of his wandering tendancies?
Apparently he curbed a lot of those tendencies last year at the Bridge but in the Po's he reverted back to them. Stirling will allow him to play the puck, but from what I've read he will have a little bit of a leash on him.
He is an excellent outlet passer, but he has to be a little wiser because of the speed difference between NHL and AHL players.
Seriously, Turco. Although one would question his judgement on a couple of instances in the preseason and Brodeur did manage to score on himself in last years playoffs. In general, goaltenders should avoid it if any danger lurks near-by.
Aside from Turco and Brodeur, I like the way Nabokov and Brent Johnson handle the puck. DiPietro seemed a little too eager to handle the puck last year, but I'm sure he'll find a comfortable medium sometime soon.
I don't get to see him play very often, but I've heard he's quite the puck-handler. I don't think he rates in the same league as Brodeur and Turco, but he's supposed to be pretty decent.
Brent Johnson is a very good puck handler... he helped the team kill PK's numerous times with his ability to clear the puck. However, he has not yet mastered the art of knowing WHEN to come out of the net.... in other words, he is a little overconfident in his abilty to handle thepuck.