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Which active goalie would you select to start a franchise?


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#1 blueadams

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:10 PM

Here's a list of TSN's top ranked 30 and under goalies to help get you started:

...Personally, I'd like to go with Luongo or Miller, but at 31 and 30, both are probably moving past their primes at this point. Even Lundqvist is getting a little old at 28. I guess I'd go with Marc-Andre Fleury. He was a #1 pick. He's an all-star. He was the Stanley Cup MVP (imo) two years ago. He's been dubbed the future goalie of the Canadien Hockey team. And he's probably got 10 more good years in him. Cam Ward's probably the next guy I'd really consider. Price, Rinne, Quick, etc...haven't proved it over a long enough period of time for me to be comfortable picking them.

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1) P. Rinne(27)
2) M. Fleury(25)
3) H. Lundqvist(28)
4) O. Pavelec(23)
5) J. Quick(24)
6) J. Hiller(28)
7) C. Crawford(25)
8) C. Price(23)
9) S. Bobrovsky(22)
10) C. Ward(26)
11) K. Lehtonen(26)
12) I. Bryzgalov(30)
13) M. Neuvirth(22)
14) R. Miller(30)
15) A. Niemi(27)
16) J. Halak(25)
17) J. Howard(26)
18) C. Andersson(29)
19) S. Mason(22)
20) B. Elliott(25)
21) P. Budaj(28)

nq1) S. Varlamov(22)
nq2) A. Auld(29)
nq3) C. Schneider(24)
nq4) K. Poulin(20)
nq5) A. Raycroft(30)
nq6) T. Rask(23)
nq7) A. Lindback(22)

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:14 PM

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:25 PM

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you'd start your franchise with a 35 year old goalie?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:27 PM

Not sure right now but he's probably from Finland.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:30 PM

I'd go with Fleury.

I hate the guy, but he's better than people give him credit for. I know the Pens don't exactly need him to stand on his head every game when they're healthy, but we've seen him play magnificent before, just like other goalies around the NHL. After all, it's the era of the goalie, so I have no doubt he could carry a bad franchise that's just starting out.

He's won a Cup before and he's only 25, as blueadams said.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:07 PM

As much as it pains me to say it, I have to agree with those who give the nod to Fleury. Despite his propensity to give up goals on the first shot of the game, he also has the ability to flat out steal games when his confidence is high. My second choice would be Price, he may not have proven anything at the NHL level, but he's young and he's won at every other level he's played at.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:22 PM

Non-salary dream world I'd go with Quick.

But I'm not paying a goalie more than 4.5-5 million, I don't care how great he is so I'd be content with a young promising goalie like the Red Wings, or Montreal.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:52 PM

Give me Cam Ward every day of the week and twice on Sundays. He pretty much won the cup for Carolina that year, they had an aged Brind Amour and a young Staal. Ward is always lights out when it matters, if he was on a team like Detroit or Pitty he would probably be the top goalie in the league

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:59 PM

rask actually great stats and only 23

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:12 PM

Simple answer is I wouldn't start a franchise around a goaltender at all. Optimally, I'd want to commit around 5% of the cap or less toward my goalie tandem. A solid vet, and a promising younger guy.

Spending an extra ~$3m for another solid defenseman will do more for the team than a 'star' goalie.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:46 PM

Jon Quick. 24 years old, he's got 10+ more years in him. just the right amount of time to pick vets and draft to stock the farm and to bring up to the majors.

Then Price

then Varlamov.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:24 PM

I'm gonna go outside the box a little and say Bryz. I think he would be money on the Wings anyway.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:51 PM

I'm gonna go outside the box a little and say Bryz. I think he would be money on the Wings anyway.


I'm not exactly sure if he's the goalie I'd select to start a franchise but for some reason I thought of Bryz right away before I even looked at that list.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:58 PM

I'm not exactly sure if he's the goalie I'd select to start a franchise but for some reason I thought of Bryz right away before I even looked at that list.



Right. Same here. Not really sure exactly why either. Gut feeling I guess. :)

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:59 PM

I'd go with Fleury.

I hate the guy, but he's better than people give him credit for. I know the Pens don't exactly need him to stand on his head every game when they're healthy, but we've seen him play magnificent before, just like other goalies around the NHL. After all, it's the era of the goalie, so I have no doubt he could carry a bad franchise that's just starting out.

He's won a Cup before and he's only 25, as blueadams said.


He is also statistically the worst goalie to win a cup in 20 years.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:55 AM

Give me Cam Ward every day of the week and twice on Sundays. He pretty much won the cup for Carolina that year, they had an aged Brind Amour and a young Staal. Ward is always lights out when it matters, if he was on a team like Detroit or Pitty he would probably be the top goalie in the league


^This.

Marc-Andre Fleury is wildly inconsistent. You might as well flip a coin at the start of the season to decide whether to play him or wait it out for his bounce-back year.

And as far as his status as a #1 pick goes... well look at this draft class:
http://en.wikipedia....NHL_Entry_Draft

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:08 AM

I like Quick quite a lot...maybe it's because other than Howard/Ozzy, he's the goalie I watch the most, but he always looks unflappable even when he's having a bad night. Yeah, he's young, but he (and the rest of the team) had a hard time last month, and it looks like he's been able to recover from that pretty well, so that gives me some confidence in him. Also, even though he has some good defense in front of him to help him out, I still think he's pretty darn good in his own right. When Doughty was having trouble at the beginning of the season, he was still doing well if I remember right. Jeez, I feel like I'm going to jinx him or something. Well, as long as the jinx works on the 28th, I can live with that. ;)

Bryzgalov or Varlamov might be nice, too. I'm not taking the cap into consideration, though.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:38 AM

Rinne easily and I say that not based on his stats but from watching his play. He's huge, has incredible positioning, is athletic, is calm under pressure and is unbelievable at reading shooters a shootout/breakaway scenario. He also seems to have a great demeanor and would fit in well in a mature locker room setting.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:00 PM

H. Lundqvist
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:06 PM

I'd take Rask. He has a world of talent and at that age it's possible the sky is the limit for him. We shall see but that is who I start with.
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