Re: TT must be rested
posted at 12/27/2010 11:26 PM EST
Raycroft is a great comparable for Rask. They've played they same number of games, and both teams on the right side of the team +/-, both teams currently lead their division.
Rask has one
better stat than Raycroft.
Raycroft got 2.4 Goals of support in those ten
Rask got 2.2 goals of support in his ten
That's a pretty small difference to account for the win loss totals.
And yes, Rask is
younger, but so wasn't Toivennen, so wasn't Auld, so wasn't Joe MacDonald, and...
And how many younger goalies of the future did it take to finally knock Osgood out? Or Hasek, or Brodour?
TT has only had the starting job locked up once
, that was last year where he had a hip injury and a broken hand.
And again, one more time what about his melting in the playoffs? He's done it in the AHL, and the NHL. Like Mason, like others we could name Rask had a great rookie season, and now we're seeing the season after. More importantly there is no
reason to take out the guy leading the NHL in GAA, Sv% and SO for a guy who with enough starts to qualify would be outside the top ten in all those categories.
And if you're trying to push Thomas even better than he is right now you're risking injuring him. You claim he needs rest, and I don't disagree, but theres no need to push a guy who's playing record breaking hockey. The last time a goalie finished a season with a GAA under 2 with 41 or more starts was Backstrom in 06-07 with exactly 41, and a 1.97, TT is 16 games away from hitting the same number of starts, and before that it was Roloson
, with 48 starts, and a 1.88 and neither of them had a .949 to hang next to it.
If Rask wants the starting job, he needs to bide his time, and come in to camp and play lights out, that or pay someone to break one of TT's limbs, cause Thomas is even more in the zone
than Crosby or Stamkos, and while he might float closer to earth than he is now, I don't see him crashing with about 3 games off per month, max, if Rask plays well.
Rask, hasn't played well enough to earn
more starts on this team, this year.
Thomas just had four days off. He'll probably get to skip either the Tampa or Atlanta game on this trip and then he'll probably play the next couple since there's no back to backs. The next glut of games is the 10th through the end of January, and I'd pencil Rask in for the Senators on the 11th. and maybe even one of the two Canes games.
Thomas is the probably league MVP this season whether he gets the award or not, Rask has to be better than that for the coach and management to not lose the rest of the roster by playing him frequently over Thomas, period.
In Response to Re: TT must be rested
In Response to Re: TT must be rested : I'll ignore the insult and use logic. Why are you bringing Raycroft into this picture, he has nothing to do with anything. Besides that, Rask's numbers are better, and Raycroft's numbers are the best he's had in 8 (that's EIGHT) years. If you're going to mention some other names, how about comparing Tuuka's sv% against Cam Ward .925 Carey Price .923 Ryan Miller and Roberto Luongo with .913 (You might observe that .927 is better) I'm not as much a proponent of Rask as I am insuring good goaltending. We've seen this before. TT DOES get hurt when he plays too much, and if not hurt he gets mentally burnt out. His playing style is intense, and that intensity leads to injury or burn out. Rask is a capable goalie, he's the goalie of the future - no one can debate that he's younger than TT. Less starts for TT means; a) the development of Rask. b) insuring that TT stays fresh, both unhurt and unburnt out. c) should TT get hurt, you need Rask confident and game ready. d) the team is getting complacent behind TT. Clearly this is an inconsistent team that sometimes sits back on it's heels and needs a shake up. Putting in Rask in a big game situation will get everyone's attention, that's for sure. e) TT is tired NOW, he may possibly even be hurt NOW - he hasn't looked that sharp in the last 3 games or so. f) Undeniable that TT plays best in the underdog role. When his detractors say he's all washed up, he plays his best. Put yourself back end of last year and over the summer, everyone was saying you couldn't trade TT for anything because his cap hit was too much and he was all done. Every season I have seen TT he is at his WORST when he had the starting job locked up, and at his BEST when he's threatened. The best thing that could happen in the world for the Bruins would be if Rask can go in and get hot and get a bunch of starts, TT would come on like gang busters and you would have 2 goalies prime for the playoffs. Again, I'm not that big a fan of Rask. I say go with the winning goalie. That goalie is now TT, but the trick is to keep him that way and make sure he peaks at the right time. I'll go as far as to say this, if you can get Tuuka going and get him some starts and make him seem a lock for the #1 spot, TT will go stark raving nuts and play better than he ever has in his life. And a team with an insanely hot goalie on a mediocre team will take you to the conference finals (see the habs last year). A pretty decent team with an insanely hot goalie will get you a Stanley Cup.
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