Re: Has there ever been so much animosity regarding Bruins' goalies?
posted at 1/2/2011 10:41 PM EST
I wasn't really trying to start another TT vs Rask thread... I was mostly observing the nasty, I mean nasty interaction between supporters of each goalie by Bruins' fans. I have never, ever seen anything like it. Yes, people argue about dumping players like Wideman, Ryder or Julien, but I see people just clearly root for Rask to fail just so TT have look better and vice-versa.
That said, I'll guess I'll comment on:
"To try to do a 20-20 hindsight on this is futile. You can't play one, then play th e other right now. Why? Because the other is killing the team with poor efforts
. This is not a Moog-Lemelin, Cheevers-Johnston. It's actually quite unusual to have a goalie go into the tank the way Rask has. It's scary almost
how much his level of play has dropped from last year regular season."
"Right now Rask looks like another Steve Mason. Stronger NHL rookie seasons than what their pre NHL seasons would suggest, then bad sophomore seasons. Glad PC gave Rask that low contract last year. He probably does need to go down to Providence to figure things out."
I just simply do not agree with these positions. Rask simply has not been given a fair shake this year. How can you call him a Steve Mason, who was a Vezina finalist (adnmittedly in a very weak field) but was the clear #1 goalie and played himself out of a job by just stinking the place out the first 1/2 the next year?
Rask came into this season the apparent #1 (the B's did try to trade Thomas and his contract, too) played ONE GAME... he gave up goals in 2 periods of ONE GAME and has not been considered the starter since. And even though he has been mediocre this year, he has not, up until last night's Buffalo game, been terrible. And I'm sorry, but a guy that's been rotting on the bench for weeks looking shaky needs to finish the game, not yank him out of there. That wasnt fair to either Rask or Thomas.
I had a buddy at the game last night and he was shocked that Miller was still in the game at the beginning of the second and Rask wasnt. But Miller had the chance to settle down and work it out.
I am not defending Rask as playing well...he's not... but there is no way you could describe his play this year as "killing the team" and "scary" and "Steve Mason" like. Thats just wrong.
I would think about letting him work it out in the minors. I've been suggesting trading him for a while now, but CJ has ruined his head so badly right now I dont think he'd bring back the return he should. Some smart GM would snap him up and he'd be a franchise goalie somewhere.