MinnesotaCanuck wrote:Lalime's play-off stats are weighted heavily by a very successful run by the team in 2001-02, where he accumulated 4 SO in 12 games.
I would say that, based on the numbers, Cloutier should have made approximately $2.3M, which is a $200k gaffe by the front office.
Without reengaging our famous goalie arguments, let me point out that Cloutier is the most criticized player on the team without question. I do not see him getting unconditional support from the fans. It's probably about 50:50.
MinnesotaCanuck wrote:Touche on the management point. I agree with almost everything you said.1) Sign a free agent goalie. Short of letting Cooke, Morrison, and/or Naslund leave, they could not afford to sign a "better" goalie (i.e.-Khabibulin). They might have been able to save money on a relatively unproven guy (Thibault, Prusek, Markkanen), but they wouldn't gain much to offset the loss in continuity. A couple of experienced guys were also available (Osgood, Burke, Joseph, Hasek), but I don't think they would have added much to the team (except maybe CuJo, $900k).
This was the way i would have went as I mentioned when the offseason began. My thoughts are if you can receive the same goaltending in the regular season, have the same question marks (injury and/or playoff play) why not do it for one million less? That allows the team to upgrade the third pairing for example which is a sore spot.2) Trade for a goalie. Again, those viscous Luongo rumors. Maybe also Belfour? I don't see any options here that wouldn't have crippled part(s) of the lineup.
For trade it would be along the same lines as point 1...find this years Kiprusoff. Of course it takes luck to find that, however, there are second stringers begging for a chance to become starter that can be had for cheap. And while Garon hasn't been good (about as good as Cloutier in all honesty), Gerber after a rough couple of games has performed well in his action this year (I know Ward is technically the starter right now but based on his recent play and age that will change IMO). Those were the guys I was interested in...the Noronen's, Toskala's,Garon's and Gerber's of the league. I thought it was very much time to roll the dice on a cheaper option with the same question marks because quite frankly this team has not needed spectacular goaltending in the regular season to get to the playoffs. There is a good chance that some of these goaltenders come playoff time will be able to turn their game up a notch or atleast keep it where it is. The other possibility was perhaps Martin biron...a guy of similar age, similar salary but who hasn't had the playoff chances to fall on his face. A guy who doesn't have the baggage that Cloutier carries. Like it or not If Cloutier's numbers continue to be at the bottom of the list people are going to start putting pressure on him (media, fans etc..) and he hasn't responded real well to those things in the past.3) Resign Dan.
Assume, for the sake of my argument, that resigning Dan is the least of all evils...
Signing Dan to a one-year deal would be like telling him he needs to win the Conference Championship to stay with the team. I don't think the team wanted to put him in that position. He is not the type of goalie who will steal you a lot of wins, so why put undo pressure on him all year. The team needs a guy who is solid, not necessarily spectacular. Try to get him to play with some confidence.
If the best way to optimize his play was to show support in him, I think the team was well justified to offer him the raise. I can't guarantee that Nonis went through this thought process, but it seems like one of few logical explanations.