Since back-up goalie Martin Biron left, there’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on with the New York Rangers goaltending situation. Henrik Lundqvist was suffering from a minor, undisclosed injury while former AHLer Cam Talbot had two very good games against the Philadelphia Flyers(loss) and the Detroit Red Wings(win).
Last night, the Rangers played the Montreal Canadiens at home and lost 2-0, it’s been announced that tonight Talbot will start in goal against the New York Islanders. I’ve seen some speculation that Lundqvist has “lost” his game and the Rangers are trying to get Talbot to a point where he can be a starter and Lundqvist can be traded.
You all know I’ve discussed the merits of trading Hank, and I still think the team should look into it. However, it is not because I think Talbot is better than Lundqvist, if we trade Hank we’ll still need to find another goalie, Talbot is not yet ready to be an NHL starter. This team’s problem, whether Lundqvist or Talbot are in net is offense, and there is not one goalie on earth that will be able to win you a game if your team can’t score, it won’t happen. Lundqvist is as Lundqvist does and he will come back to his true form but that won’t matter if the team can’t put the puck in the back of the net. This is not a matter of which goalie is better suited because though that answer is obvious it’s also irrelevant. The matter at hand is that Lundqvist and Talbot are practically fighting against the Rangers, as if it’s them versus the team because the team won’t produce for the boys in the crease.
The point is, lets hold off on the speculation that we’re going to replace Lundqvist with Talbot, and I’m guilty of it myself. If Glen Sather trade Lundqvist it’s going to be for a goalie and a scorer, or not at all.