Re: will thomas start in NY
posted at 11/16/2010 4:10 PM EST
In Response to Re: will thomas start in NY
[QUOTE]All things equal, Tuukka in the playoffs!?!?!?!?!?! Youre kidding, right!?!?!?! His playoff record is abysmal, pretty much every year at every level minus 1 year with the PB's. He was HORRIBLE in the second round last year, and hasnt won a game since. Tuukka MIGHT be the future, the future Andrew Raycroft at this pace. Again, Im not AGAINST Tuukka, I just report the stats/facts. He has lost 8 or 9 straight now, with a few of those that should have been "easy" wins. You cant keep blaming the TEAM for Tuukkas inability to steal a game. And if you do, then Ill say the team plays better in front of Thomas for whatever reason, so you play him. You want WINS, this isnt the time OR place to nurse along someone who isnt in it mentally if thats Tuukkas case. I CAN NOT understand why people continue to think Rask should play simply because he needs ice time. When he CANT steel a game, hold a lead, etc., I say play the guy who can. Thomas has had 1 MARGINAL game this year. You cant argue with that fact. He was the Vezina winner in 09 and was injured last year. You cant argue with THAT fact. I dont get why people are so high on Rask and so down on Thomas. Thomas gets the Rangers, Rask the Panthers and Thomas the Kings. Only thing that makes sense.
Posted by bigvig[/QUOTE]
I disagree in saying that he was horrible in the 2nd. Was he great? No. I personally think he was out of gas. And most of that is because he was playing playoff hockey for about a month before the playoffs started just to get in.
And you're right. He doesn't really have a lot to go on in the playoffs. But if we're going to go on "what has he done in the playoffs?" - what has Thomas done in the playoffs?
You say "why can't he steal a game?" Did you watch the Buffalo series? Or the countless games he stole down the stretch last season when the B's couldn't put the puck in the ocean when they were standing on the beach?
You obviously didn't read my post. Because my point was: if both are playing great, I'd go with Tuukka (for the reason stated). If the playoffs started today, I'd go with Thomas. And how could you not? It's a no brainer. Whomever's playing better come playoff time is the starter. No question about it. How have I been "down on Thomas"??? I said that he's horrible handling the puck. And he is. You can't argue THAT fact. Doesn't mean he's not a great goalie.
I realize you don't like Tuukka (even thought you seem to state otherwise). And that's fine. But I think comparing him to Raycroft isn't really accurate. Why? Pedigree. Raycroft came out of nowhere and had a terrific rookie campaign. And he has never been the same since. Tuukka has been highly touted for YEARS!!! Called at one point "the best goalie in the world not in the NHL". You may not see him as a number 1 goalie but I do...and I KNOW that I'm not alone. And I'm not just talking about Bruins fans. There isn't a GM in the NHL that wouldn't be psyched to have Rask.
So are you saying Timmy needs to play every game? Maybe 75 - 80%? Go ahead and do that. But I'm not so sure that a 36 year old goalie coming off hip surgery is going to be fresh and ready to go at 100% come playoff time if CJ does that.
I love Timmy and was one of the people over the summer supporting him on these boards when everyone wanted to run him out of town. I said that we were gonna need him....and Rask.
But, if come playoff time both goalies are playing at the level that Thomas is right now, Julien's got a decision to make. That's all I was getting at.