Kowch wrote:I feel bad for Auld. Here's someone who is essencially a rookie, thrust into the starting role for a team where the expectations are set on winning the cup. With fans who are just frothing at the mouth to crticize any kind of weak goal. A number of people clamouring for Nonis to pull the trigger on some kind of deal are the same people who wanted Auld to be the starter in the first place. You got your wish...
I for one was never really advocating Auld as a starter. I do think he will be O.K. in that role and provide goaltending that is no different from what Cloutier provided...up and down and in the end average. i also think he would not be as bad as Cloutier come playoff time. Though for him I think it would be better to as a backup or perhaps as a 1B type of guy. He's played well when you do consider what his role was supposed ot be and what his role has been. But I do think the goaltending needs to be addressed. I thought that qith Cloutier between the pipes and i think that now. As i said it's Nonis' call whether to go for a 1A/B type of situation or to go for a multi year solution allowing Auld to continue to develop for a another couple of years and have him be ready to run with the ball when he's 26/27 years of age.
Auld (while not playing in his best game) did have a number of great saves last night. While having a goalie that can continually bail out a team (such as Brodeur) would be nice, WE DON'T HAVE THAT. In fact, we've never had one. The other 5 guys on the ice have to be responsible for not letting their opponants walk in at will. Auld has been solid - not spectacular. And because the TEAM has lost a few in a row we're railing on the goal tender. Last I checked, hockey is a team sport and it takes everyone on the ice to contribute to the win both on offense as well as on defense. And while Auld should have had the shorthanded goal, he let a goal in on a save he SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO MAKE. Where the hell were the other 5 guys? And that was the second time in 2 games we let in a shorthanded goal.
I agree it really seemed to me that 9 nights out of 10, 3 or 4 of those goals first 5 goals find a way to hit him. It was a case of what you can't see you can't save and he didn't see much of 4 of the first 5 goals. This night however he was jusut a split second too slow in getting into the proper position to have those pucks hit him. Those things happen to every goaltender. I'm not that worried as over the course of the season he has played well. In the previous 5 games he had very good numbers so it's not really a trend at this point that he is undergoing a decline in his play IMO. So as I said there is no need for Nonis to panic but certainly an Auld/Oullet tandem is not going to cut it come game 65 of the season and the playoffs. And I think if nonis can reasonably address the position for the next 2/3 years that is what he should do. He can always grab a 1A/1B type of vet, but it's time to be patient and see if he can find that multi-year goaltender and allow Auld to refine his game as backup.
While I agree that Nonis should be looking to make tweaks to help get the team back on track, some of the wholesale changes being suggested are way out of line unless you're ready to gut the team and start building again from scratch.
I do think morrison has to pull his head out of his rear soon or he is going to force nonis to make a move as Morrison is getting completely outplayed by henrik at this point and he just doesn't seem to be on the same wavelength of anybody. I also think the depth on this team is terrible and very much needs to be addressed. I think they are missing that Mike Keane type presence in the locker room and on the bottom two line. They are missing a physical SOB to anchor the third pairing.