Re: Goaltending: God forbid we're happy
posted at 7/30/2010 8:01 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Goaltending: God forbid we're happy
In Response to Re: Goaltending: God forbid we're happy : Thomas should be held accountable for his play, nothing else.. As far as it being a monumental mistake? wow really? I posted something hear, or on another thread, there are 13 goalies who earn more then thomas, there are abother 3 goalies who all make with in a million dollars, and then there are a small handful of guys making about 3.5m. All of the guys making 3.5 are in there 2nd contract at this point, many of them are stil questionable as a starter. Thomas also signed his deal coming off a vezina. Go look at some numbers and come back with a figure on how many established starters are making less then thomas. As far as the idea of letting thomas walk to go with an untested rookie, that is rediculous, and equally as bad is the idea that he could walk and we could sign some journey back and between the two filled the role that way. Because Philly and chicago had success with that this year does not make it the key to success. Over the history of the league strong franchises are usually build on goal tending. The the bruins aren't tight to the cap because of 1 or 2 single contracts, there is no one on this team who is "outrageously" over paid. If you have a good team you are going to be tight to the cap, plain and simple no way around it. If you get lucky, you have a core of good young guys still on EL deals (like chicago's guys all just came off). Problem is the bruins haven't gone through a complete rebuilding phase, we have a young roster, but its not loaded with 20 year old rookies built for winning tomorrow. And keep in mind you need to take into account who was available at the time of the signing, as well as needs of other teams, and what was the market at that time.. Huet took a deal for more then thomas from chicago with far less on his resume..
Posted by rolerhoky19
I am sorry but when you are in the 1st year of a multi year deal & you are replaced by by a 22 yr old & you are sitting on the bench with your biggest contribution for the stretch run & playoffs is opening a gate while making 5 million in a cap league then that is a monumental mistake.
To be fair I had no problem with Thomas making 5 million on a shortterm deal. My problem was & is the terms & the fact that he has a NMC & is considered a 35+ contract which has backed the Bruins into a corner. How many of them goalies you are comparing to Thomas spent the playoffs as a backup? How many of them had one of the top goalie prospects in the world ready to step in within a couple of years of signing there contract?
As for coming off the Vezina. I believe Thomas was actually signed before it was announced that he won the Vezina.
Also, I admit I have never been a fan of Thomas or his style. Jim Carey won a Vezina as well. But I really feel that both Thomas, Rask & even Fernandez when healthy have taken advantage of a great goalie system where a lot of the shots are from the perimeter. The difference is Rask is 22 yrs old & is sound technically while Thomas tends to flop & rely on instincts.
As for the Thomas contract or the Bs been pressured into signing him. Do you really believe that another team would have given Thomas a 4 yr deal at that money & a NMC given the fact that he was a 35+ contract? I don't believe so. He would have got the money but the term & perks that came with the contract would have been dangerous for any team. Chia lost in every aspect of that deal.
To this point I have yet to see any writer question Chia on these contracts & have him verify he made a mistake about the 35+ part of the contract. If it is true that he didn't realize Thomas would be a 35+ contract when he signed the deal then Chia should be held accountable for that. But it appears the writers in Boston would rather write fluff pieces about there "sources" then actually hold Chia & the overvalued players accountable.
This is what is wrong with this team right now. No accountability from the management team or the players. Until that changes this team will continue to be a dissapointment in the playoffs. If Chia made this mistake in Toronto he would be blasted by the media. In Boston the writers (especially on this site) & reporters appear to be scared to ask the tough questions.