Re: Use Rask as another bait?
posted at 2/14/2011 12:48 PM EST
In Response to Re: Use Rask as another bait?
[QUOTE]Maybe the last 30 years have made me doubt that it's easy to draft, develop, or sign a top flight goaltender, but I think you're crazy if you think it will be as easy as just going out and finding someone in the next three years. The Leafs drafted Rask in 2005 - 5 1/2 seasons ago! - as the best goalie not playing in the NHL, and he's still not a full-fledged starter. Carey Price was the only goalie drafted higher that year, and he's only slightly ahead of Rask. High end goalies drafted in 2004 - like Al Montoya, Devan Dubnyk, Marek Schwartz and Cory Schneider are just now getting to the NHL or just starting to take on starter's responsibilities. You can go back over a decade without finding 5 goalies who've taken fewer than 5 years to develop. As for the trade front, there are probably 15-20 teams in the league that are wandering in the goaltender wilderness wondering when their saviour will arrive. Tampa Bay was a Cup winner until they let their top netminder go - then they were an also ran. That top goaltender flopped in his new surroundings and has won nothing since. Carolina was a mediocre team with Martin Gerber in net, a Cup champion with Cam Ward - and Gerber can't crack the Oilers lineup. Fleury is over-rated, but not because he doesn't have mad talent. He's a head-case. Chicago won in spite of Niemi - and San Jose has, until recently, been suffering the consequences of not figuring that out. The Bruins are getting high end picks from Toronto in part because Leafs goaltending has been suspect. This conventional wisdom that goaltending can be had on the cheap is a statistical blip. Leighton/Boucher weren't the reason the Flyers made the finals even though they were playing out of their minds, but they sure were a big reason Philly almost missed the playoffs. Chicago won because they had no injuries and because they played another team that won in spite of the quality of their goalies. Put Lundqvist on the Flyers and they take the Hawks. The whole idea is build a good enough team that the goalie doesn't have to be great - just good enough. But if you have a Rask, you can have a great goalie cheap enough that when you go head to head with a Niemi-backed team, you have an incredible advantage.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Isn't what you just posted the reason why Chia could use Rask as that chip, though?
My issue is basically centered around the idea that Chia has made all these good trades (someone started a thread the other day noting these), and maybe he'll again not really be aggressive making that high reward deal that puts them over the top.
I don't want a deal that's lukewarm.
I want the deal that rattles the cage.
Maybe some fans see this differently? I.E., maybe some fans think Boston is very close with a minor tweak and some feel a major tweak or two is needed?
I am of the latter.
Anyway, Rask could be that chip puts Boston into that Detroit level of deep playoff contention capability.
Right now, this is a one round team with Round 2 in question.
Anything further is Thomas out of his skull like Ranford in '90.