Re: TT must be rested
posted at 12/27/2010 12:21 PM EST
In Response to Re: TT must be rested
[QUOTE]Rask has done nothing this season to earn starts. Period. He had a great rookie season, then turned to candle wax in the playoffs. Tim Tomas: 24 gp 16 w 4 l 3 otl 1.67 GAA .949 Sv% Andrew Raycroft: 10 gp 6 w 3 l 0 otl 2.36 GAA .923 Sv% Tuukka Rask: 10 gp 2 w 7 l 1 otl 2.57 GAA .927 Sv% Take those numbers and explain how Rask deserves more starts? Go ahead, only this time try and use logic and not the fact you'd like his sack bouncing of your chin. In Response to Re: TT must be rested :
Posted by bandgbleeder[/QUOTE]
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.