Re: Grading Tuukka's 2010-11 season
posted at 8/3/2011 7:02 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Grading Tuukka's 2010-11 season
[QUOTE]I went with a "B" (which is leading at 44% out of 177 votes) because I graded Rask as a backup not a starter . Thomas lost his starter job last season because he was injured not because Tuukka beat him out so that means TT was still the starter. As a backup Rask did just fine, as a starter I give him a C so that brings the curve back to a "B". "he was viewed as the next great Boston goaltender. His failure to meet those expectations in 2010-11 necessitate a mediocre grade for him." If this is the writers criteria to grading Rask then I disagree especially when the same writer gave Ryder an "A"....
Posted by SanDogBrewin[/QUOTE]
San, I'll have to disagree. When Tuukka took over the starting job last year, it wasn't just because TT was playing poorly, it was because Tuukka continued to play well... well enough to carry them into the playoffs and past Buffalo. He was not just thrown in there as a placeholder for an injured player. Regardless of why TT lost the job at that point, TR was the starter. Any goalie will tell you that a starters job is never guaranteed, and its always up for review based on how you and your partner are playing today.
TT was not the starter when the season opened, Tuukka was, which is why he played the first game. TT then started off super-hot, Tuukka did not, and the roles were reversed. This happens to goalies at all points in their careers.
So, I have to agree with a C grade because Tuukka has to be graded as a starter at the beginning of 2010-11, not a backup in my opinion. However, I think Id give Tuukka a huge benefit of the doubt because since TT started so incredibly hot, Tuuk never had the opportunity to work out his game. He had some poor luck, stopped playing regularly and had no chance to find his stride. I remember Fleurey starting brutally last year and after awhile, having the chance to find his game and ended up on the All Star team. Tuuk never got that opportunity, and thats tough on any goalie, let alone a kid who was traumatized by the collapse against the Flyers.
I still think Tuuk will be excellent, but I think someone needs to commit to him before long, which continues to make me think he will walk at the end of the upcoming season. If he plays less than 30 games, his career is going nowhere opening and closing the bench door in Boston, and he'll need to look elsewhere.