I'm sure the plan was never to play Ritola 2 minutes. If he had played better and was safe enough to keep out there, he would have played more. The mistake might have been playing Ritola over Jones and let Ritola be Malone's injury back up.
Agreed, they had an imperfect storm of injuries and the Downie suspension. Sucks for them the Lightning called up both Jones and Ritola but that's just one of those things that happens to the minor league teams unfortunately.
I'd really like to see Tik get the backup job next year. A cheap, young but solid backup & a cheap, vet starter combo with Roli would allow us to bolster the defense while handing out the appropriate raises to certain players.
I'll be shocked if we sign Bryz or Vokoun. Going after big fish doesn't seem to be the way SFY operates.
Eh...they were only missing Jones and Ritola for 1 of the 6 games they played. Not exactly the cause of their demise.
Jones and Ritola missed both games 3 and 4. Berry was out the whole series, Angelidis missed half the series, and they lost Durno and "Chewy" to injuries in game 3. If it was only Ritola and Jones for two games, it might not have been a big deal. They were barely able to ice a full roster for game four. They had to ask the league to allow Hutchings to play because he wasn't on their emergency list of players.