Re: TT must be rested
posted at 12/28/2010 2:02 PM EST
In Response to Re: TT must be rested
I in no way said that I prefer Raycroft to Rask. Simply that Raycroft, under very, very similar conditions (although admittedly the West is weaker this year) is out performing him. Raycroft at least in part seems to have his swagger back, Rask lost his late in the Buffalo series last year, and hasn't found it. Yes, I'd prefer to find out he's not the solution now if that's the case, but not at the cost of home ice in at least the first round. There's still another year left on Rask's contract at a small cap hit, if he has to be buried, or traded so be it. I was never sold on him in the first place, I think he's very mechanical, and goalies who are tend to get picked apart as soon as the rythym of the machine is identified. And while yes, TT is only a couple years younger than MB30, he's also played a lot less NHL games, which means way less guys piling into him, and reps reaching out to make that dazzling save. Gothberg is probably three years away from getting a good luck by the club, but you're right, depth behind TT and TR is nearly puddle deep, and that's why I didn't want either one traded, at least not today. In Response to Re: TT must be rested :
Posted by bandgbleeder
To me it sounds like we're pretty much on the same page.
I wouldn't start Rask tonight v. Tampa and probably not Atlanta either.
I might give Rask Buffalo and Toronto for sure.
Being sold not sold on Rask...
Lacher, Carey, Hannu, Raycroft. Yikes.
I'm been watching goalies for an eternity. I said they should have kept Dan Bouchard and dumped Eddy Johnston back middle part of the last century.
Rask is very athletic, solid on his skates and has great lateral movement.
One weakness is high glove side, but one weakness like that can be fixed reasonably easily.
This is weird, but I swear some teams shoot at his collar bones. He will block them with his shoulders, but then out comes a nice rebound. I don't understand why that wouldn't work on any goalie. I think it would work for me at pickup hockey, but then the goalie stick over my head wouldn't work so well for me.
Could Rask be a bust? Yes.
Are we sure he is a bust now? No.
Is he the goalie of the future? Unknown. I would rate him a better bet than previous busts.
And the numbers look to back it up.
Carey on that ultra defensive team with the Caps .913
Lacher's best .902
Raycroft's best .926
Hannu's best .914
Rask was .931 last year.