Re: Avs may give up Paul Stasny for a goalie, how about Tuukka?
posted at 6/22/2011 2:33 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Avs may give up Paul Stasny for a goalie, how about Tuukka?
[QUOTE]I am fine with the idea of dealing Tuukka. Thomas is 37 but could very easily play well for 2, 3, 4 years? The second best goalie in the playoffs was Roloson, and he's 41. Tuukka is young, but age doesn't matter when building a team in the cap era. All that matters is years to free agency. By the time Thomas starts to decline, Rask will have come up for contract and is getting close to UFA status.
Posted by OatesCam[/QUOTE]
I think any credible GM has to consider all deals, including trading any of the goalies. As to the above comment, Im not sure if Id compare Thomas at 41 to Roloson, simply because of the style issue. Thomas had a season for the ages this year, but I'd guess it is possible that his acrobatic style might be more difficult to maintain into his 40's. Last year apparently his problems stemmed from the hip injury, which also goes to this point. What does he have left, 2 years on the contract, maybe 3-4 as a starter in the NHL?
Watching Roloson closely he does appear to have an economy of movement which has to help him as he ages.
So, I'd want a big return for Rask. I agree though, that they need to make a decision on him fairly soon. Rask had mixed results last year, but never really had the chance to play his issues out like Fleury did. As someone said, he did have a Vezina-caliber year when he was handed the job, and he is still so young. Finally, I have to assume that he will have zero interest sitting on Boston's bench for the next few years. He will not progress as a goaltender in the NHL opening the bench door all night.
Colorado is an ideal landing spot for Tuukka, but Stastny is too expensive. I would not be interested in draft picks. This team is young as it is, and need NHL ready players for a trade this high-end.
Not sure about Khudobin. Hasnt played enough at this level to prove anything.
This is a tough call for PC.