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05-04-2004, 07:58 PM
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USA goalies for W Cup

Who will be the goalies for Team U.S.A in the World Cup?????I'm going to go with Robert Esche, John Grahame, and Ty Conklin!

The reason why I don't say Mike Dunham: He hasn't played very well this season, and has been awful in the World Championships this year!

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If it were starting tomorrow:

Starter: Robert Esche
Backup: Rick DiPietro
Backup: Mike Dunham

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Originally Posted by Mobey
If it were starting tomorrow:

Starter: Robert Esche
Backup: Rick DiPietro
Backup: Mike Dunham

I concur

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Who will be the goalies for Team U.S.A in the World Cup?????I'm going to go with Robert Esche, John Grahame, and Ty Conklin!

The reason why I don't say Mike Dunham: He hasn't played very well this season, and has been awful in the World Championships this year!

Dunham was inconsistent this year and has played great at the World Championships. I don't know what games you've been watching. As for who should be on the World Cup squad, I also agree with Mobey.

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Who will be the goalies for Team U.S.A in the World Cup?????I'm going to go with Robert Esche, John Grahame, and Ty Conklin!

The reason why I don't say Mike Dunham: He hasn't played very well this season, and has been awful in the World Championships this year!
John Grahame's numbers this season were awesome and Tampa wouldn't have finished first in the East had he not stepped in and done such a good job while Khabibulin was struggling. That being said, he isn't playing right now. I assume Team USA management will put a premium on big game experience. That means playoff games (especially 3rd round and finals) and World Championship sudden-death games.

Using that formula you'd have to give the nod to Robert Esche and Mike Dunham right now. As for no.3, it's anyone's guess. Personally I like the idea of giving the no.3 job to a young up-and-coming goalie that can soak up the experience of just being around the best players in the world - a goalie touted as the eventual 'next one' to hopefully one day replace Mike Richter's heroics. Of all the young American goalies out there, I think DiPietro is the consensus 'next one'.

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Why not take Ryan Miller as the third guy?

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Why not take Ryan Miller as the third guy?

Why? I'd rather have a young guy like DiPietro that's actually played well at the NHL level than a prospect like Miller. IMO he'll be a good one, but the U.S.'s depth isn't that dire that he's needed.

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If it were starting tomorrow:

Starter: Robert Esche
Backup: Rick DiPietro
Backup: Mike Dunham
I agree kind of. I think they will let Esche and DiPietro compete for the #1 job.

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