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05-11-2007, 11:28 AM
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Franchise Goalie

Just returned from a business trip to Piitsburgh. Had a conversation on franchise goalies. If you were starting a new franchise and could pick one goalie to build around who would it be?Assume for a moment there is no cap issue involved. Would you choose Henke, Fleury, Dipietro, Lehtonen, Miller, Emery or another. Naturally, I argued for the King. Am I bias? Based upon age, accomplishments and potential, it seemed easy. Thoughts?

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Lundqvist or Luongo.

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Hard not to consider Miller after 5 spectacular performances in a row against the Rangers, but my biased self says Lundqvist.

You're better already bathgate?

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Lundqvist or Luongo.
Does the age difference concern you?

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Lundqvist or Luongo.
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Does the age difference concern you?
Not too much. Couldn't go wrong either way.


What will be interesting is seeing how Lehtonen responds next season.

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05-11-2007, 11:38 AM
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I'll take Henke. Shocker.

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Hard not to consider Miller after 5 spectacular performances in a row against the Rangers, but my biased self says Lundqvist.

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Melrose: Thanks for asking. The doctor said to take it easy and not overdo it. However, I had a tax hearing for a client scheduled for months. Flew to Pittsburgh worked only half days and just got off the plane. However the hearing officer was more concerned with discussing franchise goalies than the merits of the tax case. The hearing officer conceded the tax issue but not the goalie issue. He argued for Fleury. I told the hearing officer I would pose the question to the board and seek responses. He will also become a HF member

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I go with Lundqvist. I can see an argument for Fleury, DiPietro, and Lehtonen being more "talented" (re: high 1st round draft pick) than Lundqvist, but Lundqvist has placed in the top 3 in Vezina voting twice in as many years. That makes Lundqvist the most accomplished of the bunch by far, and the safe choice.

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luongo is 27....

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its impossible not to be bias, and really thats what we would be when picking because most of those guys are good enough to carry a team

I'm not even going to consider Lundqvist.. Luongo, Dipietro, Miller.. I'd be confident with any one of them

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luongo is 27....
is that supposed to mean he is old?

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I'm obviously biased but I feel like Lundqvist & Miller could be in the same boat. and Luongo a very close second.

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All good choices imo

I'll pick Henrik because he's won BIG at other levels, Olympics Frolunda etc AND he has looked great in the NHL

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is that supposed to mean he is old?
I think he said that to prove that he is younger than people might expect.

Personally, I take either Luongo or Lundqvist. Bias:Lundqvist, Non-bias:Luongo

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The King of course!!

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05-11-2007, 12:47 PM
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Well I think the ultimate goal is Stanley's Goblet...so either one of them would be fine with me. Since Henrik is our guy, and he's a couple years younger, I'll go with the King!

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Well I think the ultimate goal is Stanley's Goblet...so either one of them would be fine with me. Since Henrik is our guy, and he's a couple years younger, I'll go with the King!
Henke will raise the Goblet in his career, tis destiny

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You can't go wrong with Miller or Luongo but I'd still take Lundqvist.

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Hank no question.

I've said elsewhere I like Luongo, but Henrik has proved he can play in NY. Not everyone can make it here.

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is that supposed to mean he is old?
young

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In order, I'd probably go:

1. Henrik
2. Luongo
3/4. DiPietro
3/4. Miller
5. Fleury
6. Lehtonen

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I'd have to go with Lundqvist as well, with Luongo or Miller being a close second. However, I've been living in Pittsburgh for 3 years while I go to school and I've seen Fleury play quite a bit. I have to say, the guy is good. Real good. He's not quite as fast as Henrik post to post but hes damn close, and his glove hand -- no matter how much it pains me to say it -- is light years beyond Henrik's. Only thing he really lacks is rebound control and experience. That and some solid defense in front of him other than Ryan Whitney. So he'd be my next choice before DiPietro.

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