Re: Rask+Khudobin = See Ya Later Thomas
posted at 4/9/2012 11:31 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Rask+Khudobin = See Ya Later Thomas
[QUOTE]I think Rask's accomplishments (leading the NHL in GAA and sv %, beating a Buffalo team that was favored in the playoffs, and general success otherwise) puts him a little beyond the "hype machine " tag that could be applied to players like Toivonen or some other goalies we've heard about in the past. It also makes him a little better than a guy with 7 NHL games. I also understand concerns about injury and not accomplishing much in the last couple years, but his not playing really hasn't been the result of anything he did wrong, more that TT was playing well and Rask was never given a chance to get his rhythm again. Harping about "wearing down" against Philly is weak. Are we really going to pick out a series that any one of the best goalies in the NHL have lost and dismiss them over it? C'mon. Still, this isnt a "is Rask any good" argument. Some people like him, some dont. Whatever. I still think Rask takes this decision out of the B's hands. He is sick of sitting on the bench and has said so. If he thinks its going to continue, he's not going to re-up in Boston, as he shouldn't. That's why I think PC has to think long and hard about the possibility of trading Rask, not Thomas, because he's going to end up with next to nothing when he walks.
Posted by SoxFanInIL[/QUOTE]
He can't walk Sox, he's rfa. The B's have to decide to let him walk. Obviously, the only way the B's would allow that, is if someone were to make an unbelievable financial offer to TR. If thats the case we have a similar situation to the Kessel deal...or they can sign and trade. The Bruins hold all the cards here. I'm sure PC will be thinking long and hard about trading one of his goalies. I'd be surprised if he hasn't had a chat or two already. Each goalie warrants a different return, and that will be the deciding factor.
Certainly, TT doesn't have as many years ahead of him as the other 2. Other than that, pretty much everything else is up in the air. The thing we don't know...and this would really make things clearer, is how the B's really feel about Tuuka. Are they still sold on him as much as they were. If so, TT may go, but the B's won't want him going to a contender, so that'll muddy the water, and take away from the potential return. The other is contract. The B's will probably want to lock up Tuuka for a few years. Not sure if he'd be ufa after a 1 year contract, but if he insisted on a 1 year, and that led to ufa status, he'd probably be gone for big bucks after one more year in a Bruins sweater, so that would make a trade attractive.
There are just so many moving parts. It's impossible to say what's best at this point.
I'm thrilled with our goaltending situation though. I'm thrilled the playoffs are starting, and I'm confident the B's will use good judgement when making goaltender decisions. In the meantime, I just want whoever's in net...to steal the show, every night til sometime in June. These days, nobody wins a cup with average goaltending.