good to see him. He looked real good. Only saw 24 shots, giving up one goal, but many of those shots were quality. His glove was looking sharp and his reflexes were on.
I watched too, Fletch...fell asleep in the 2nd intermission. He looked really good! So much end to end action with that game They were skating all over the place! Love to see a Rangers game with that much action.
Richter looked pretty poor also. But in the end, Edge is right; he lost out on a numbers game. Who knows if he'll end up being a #1 goalie, or a backup - which is why it was easy to give up on him with Montoya and Lundqvist waiting in the wings.
Kevin Weekes is quite talented, but has some flaws that prevent him from being a starting goaltender on a quality playoff team. He has stretches where he stands on his head, but if he's playing every game the soft goals and rebounds are going to prevent you from progressing far. Hence, he's an excellent backup on a good team or a starter on a mediocre one.
He's also been in the league eight years and can handle losing - combined with his skill level, this is what also makes him an excellent placeholder for our prospects.
Labs, on the other hand, is a backup on a bad team at best (based on what I've seen, anyway).
Last edited by BrooklynRangersFan: 10-13-2005 at 12:02 AM.
Come on... he played what... 2..3 games? Behind the sieve that is/was the Rangers "defense."
Labarbera's upside is Healy and you know what? Most NHL teams can use a Glenn Healy.
I agree, I don't think you can judge him by those two whole games he got to start in a lost season. Labs is at the age where most goalies find thier games and hit thier strides. I think he is gonna be LA's starter soon enough, he looked good lastnight.
LaBarbera was a UFA, he chose to sign with LA. Right now, it's probably the best decision he's made in his life. He had no future with the Ranger organization and would have been cast aside at the first sign Lundqvist could handle the backup job.
As for his overall abilities, I have my doubts about whether he will ever be good enough to be more than a backup, but this is a kid who is only 25 and has improved substantially at every level he's played. A few years ago, he wasn't even a solid starter in the ECHL and yet went on to become one of the best AHL goalies over the last two years. He deserves his shot.