Re: TT must be rested
posted at 12/29/2010 1:48 PM EST
In Response to Re: TT must be rested
[QUOTE]A wraparound is a soft goal ? Well then Bobby Orr must have scored a lot of soft goals in his career then as this was one of his patented moves (or maybe all the goalies were just fatigued and gave up soft goals )! Nice play by Lecavalier to hold onto the puck as Thomas was coming out to challenge him. No softness at all IMO , just a heck of a play . St. Louis' goal was a nice shot on a bouncing puck that came across the crease. Thomas had to come across the crease quickly . Cutting down the proper angle on a bang-bang play is not always humanly possible . Those 2 goals had nothing to do with fatigue IMO. So if TT is really tired maybe the B's should set up a cot on the bench for him during timeouts. I'll take a supposedly fatigued goalie who wins every time over a goalie who is rested and loses. Chowda, The goal that Vinny scored may not be considered a bad goal, but TT crossed the line in his aggressiveness on that play. That wasn't a challenge. It was an overcompensated aggression. This may have been the first time Thomas got burned on it, but he's had plenty of close goals on similar plays. I think the world of TT, but every goalie has a weakness. TT's is his aggressivness. This is why he ends up scrambling sometimes. Not "complaining" about his style, because I play a similar one myself. When he finds that niche & zone it works great. Sometimes though he does make things harder on himself when he becomes too aggressive. As for the whole playing too much & not enough for Rask is legit concern. If you want to put the Win is all that matters attitude on the matter shows your lack of knowledge on the situation. Not e-thing is black & white. I know about riding the hot hand. I've been a starter & a backup. Rask is on pace to play 24 games this year. He played 55 last year. TT isn't a Marty Brodeur in his hey day! TT is not 26. Rask isn't just a regular goalie who was signed to be a backup. He's a 23-24 yr old who has to develope. He can't do that if he's not playing. TT is on pace to play 60 games. If by some chance the B's get to the finals & every series goes 7 games. That's a total of 88 games. You really think that Boston's goaltending is going to stay solid enough to win? You really think that if CJ decides to throw Rask in there after say TT plays 75 games, that he's going to be able to just jump in & play great? When up to that point Rask is now playing in game 25 of the season. Plus he's coming to much more hostile envirionment compared to what he's seen up to this juncture of the season. You can't just look at this situation & say we'll play this game by game. You have to look ahead here. Do you want CJ to just play TT until he gets shelled for 6 or 7 goals? Your not looking at the whole picture. This isn't a normal situation that most teams are in. Where you have a starter & a backup.
Posted by nitemare-38[/QUOTE]
Yes I agree that TT was overagressive on that play . Was it a soft goal ( or a goal caused by fatigue) ? How can anybody say that about TT ? His style is challenging the shooter . He stops a ton of chances by being aggressive. It's his style.
Does being on pace for 60 games in December actually mean it will happen ? C'mon 38 , we all know how projected totals turn out . Wasn't Stamkos on a 82goal pace earlier this season ? Is he still on that pace ? This projection will most likely not stay the same as Rask will get more starts down the road.
And as far as me seeing the whole picture. This is the picture I see. The Bruins have slept walked through the season so far . They have been hovering around 8th place until recently. They have a coach who is hearing whispers of a firing . He is trying to get his team straightened out to play better to move up in the standings .He has a goalie who is being mentioned as a candidate for MVP of the league along with Crosby. The picture I see is they need to win to get into the playoffs. Should CJ sit TT to give Rask playing time ? I don't know about you but I'm seeing a different picture. It's December and there's 47 games to go. They are not exactly in a comfortable playoff position as of yet.
Here is my answer to your question about playing TT until he gets shelled for 6-7 goals. That can happen to any goalie in the league at any time or in any situation . How many coaches make a decision on which goalie to play based on the fear of him getting shelled ? None . He is their MVP and they are fighting to move up in the standings. At this present moment
he is giving the Bruins the best chance to win. You can't say the same about Rask.
nitemare , you are a good poster but I have a word of advice . When you make a long post like the one above you need to use paragraphs and split them . They are hard to read. When I see posts like that I skip them . I know , I use to do the same thing and found my posts hard to read. I'm not complaining I'm "pointing things out ".