Lack has had a respectable season given the curcumstances. He does not yet inspire the confidence I had when Luongo was in net. But then again Luongo didn't inspire that confidence either in his last two seasons. In his early days you knew if it was tied late we would get at least a point. When we had the third period lead it was as good as 2 points. You just felt comfortable, confident, he would get it done. Can anyone honestly say they had that level of confidence in him these past two seasons, regardless of the circumstances or reasons?
Not a knock, I am a huge Lou fan, just saying that my confidence in him was not as high. When CS was playing I felt he could hold the lead, so too did the Canucks obviously. Before the Lou trade I was beginng to feel that way about Lack, but wasn't at the point I wanted him to be the number one. If the goal was to make the playoffs I still feel this season Luongo gave us a better chance than going with Lack as the starter.
But for the future, the trade was smart. Lack got thrown into the fire and has responded well. He has gained some valuable experience and he knows the net is his to lose next year. Markstrom will have a fresh start here next season and it may well just rejuvenate his career. Going forward i suspect we may very well have some growing pains in net but so far I like what I see. But I also see a young duo who will both be fighting for that number one spot, who seem to be good friends and team guys with little ego problems. Best case scenario, in 2-4 years we have a goalie controversy and have to trade one of them. Worse case, we return to that perennial position of having to score 4-5 goals a game to win. I believe in the former. But then I am an apologist.