Re: What to do with Qdoba?
posted at 4/9/2012 2:09 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What to do with Qdoba?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: What to do with Qdoba? : The major difference is that Chara isn't entering the last year of his deal with a NMC kicking in.
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
Exactly right. Our hand is being forced a bit with Thomas -- it is a threshold moment where a major decision on goaltending must be made.
So the debate is not whether we like Thomas, or whether he's a great goalie, or if Rask/Qdoba are better. Not at all.
The question is, at what point to you choose to move in another direction with an aging goalie when you have two promising replacements in the system. The replacements have proven nothing much yet (although Rask kinda has), but neither had Thomas when he came up. Change is inevitable and you can't just fall in love with Thomas' past work forever.
I watch Belichik very sucessfully ship away some 'stars' before their decline (Law, Milloy, Seymour, etc.) and get good value for them while keeping the team younger and closer to their collective prime. It is one of the things that makes him a good GM, in my opinion. He doesn't fall in love with the glory of the past or the hype of the future.
Chiarelli has a tough decision to make. To think that Thomas is the unquestioned future for this team is just as foolish as it was to doubt him 3 years ago. Deal with the contraints of today, not yesterday. This is in no way related to getting rid of Chara or Bergeron. This is a unique situation and a crossroads for the Bruins goaltender position that could have ramifications for years to follow. Blind faith for or against Thomas makes no sense. It will be a judement call.
Do you move on from Thomas next year, in two years, or try to hang on to Thomas for five years? A perfectly valid debate at this point, with each answer having merits.