It's the same reason why we don't want to be hasty anointing him as our #1... let each goalie get 20 games under their belt and then see where they are.
Agreed, Tony. Things are working well right now, so let's not jump the gun. The law of averages says that Garon will get more comfortable [and I actually thought he looked pretty decent against Calgary, even though he took the "L"], and LaBarbera will eventually tail off a bit. I think the question is what level Kings mgt thinks both of them will stay at for the long haul- it's about how CONSISTENTLY good you can be, and I think you simply need more games to make that determination. Plus there's the added pressure of being an anointed NHL #1, and both guys are still very young.
All that said, LB has unquestionably taken the early lead, and Garon's got some catching up to do. Then again, it's still a long way until 1/2 way through the season, which is around when I'd expect the coronation either way.
He wasn't that bad. The Kings played "horrendously" in front of him and Garon got all of the harder teams. I argued both of these points until I was blue in the face, but it was so much easier for some to believe that Garon was a bad goalie than to acknowledge the good reasons for why he looked worse than LaBarbera.
Garon was ok the first month. He made far more difficult saves than LaBarbera game in and game out, but always gave up a softer goal than Jason would give up, so the fans who were still reeling from the Roman empire would crucify him and allow no slack. Thank God the fans are not the arbiters of talent.
Let's just be happy that we have 2 goalies who are trading hot streaks. I hope Garon keeps it up, but if he doesn't I'm sure LaBarbera can regain his early season form by getting a few starts in a row. At any rate, this is a nice problem to have. One that the kings haven't had in, i don't know, EVER?