New coach, new ideas. Well that’s what’s happening now that Alain Vigneault’s on board. Henrik Lundqvist will be the starting goalie, I would bet my life on it, but the backup goalie position is still very much up for grabs.
Vigneault specifically mentions the Olympic schedule as his reasoning for being so open to potentially anyone being the backup goalie.
It’s a good thing and a bad thing in my view. Bringing in Johan Hedberg on a PTO is alright I guess, but if he makes the team what do you do with Martin Biron? I wasn’t really a fan of what Hedberg did in New Jersey the last couple of years anyway so maybe I’m biased in saying he’s past it. My view on Hedberg is this: unless he severely outplays everyone he shouldn’t make the team.
Then there’s Cam Talbot. He’s getting a look at the backup spot, but I don’t think he’s cut out for it at this moment. I’m not going to write him off yet though, as we should wait to see what he does in the pre-season.
Back to Marty Biron though. He’s consistent and knows his role. He just wants to play around 15-22 games and he’ll be happy. He seems like a good locker room guy so that’s an added bonus. I don’t know what personal problems he’s going through, but they don’t sound severe enough that he’d have to miss a portion of the season. What do I know though?
So basically the goaltending situation goes like this; We’re expecting another star studded performance from Lundqvist (even with smaller pads) that should result in another Vezina Trophy nomination at the end of the season. The backup position maybe isn’t a big a question mark as some are making it out to be, with Biron still the odds on favorite to win the position.
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