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?
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
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.
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.