by Patrick Hoffman on 12/11/09 at 05:12 PM ET
From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
On the backup goalie situation: “It’s a mess. Let’s call it what it is, it’s a mess. Honestly, I talked to Valley (Steve Valiquette) at the beginning of the year, we were looking to get him 15-17 games. That’s what I like to do, especially that Hank’s going to be there in the Olympics and all that. Would I still like to do that? I don’t know if I can. Johnson’s going to get a game here along the way, I think that’s going to determine how we go about this. Has it changed? It had to change. We sent a veteran backup down and he’s still struggling down there and we don’t even know what we have with Johnson as far as a backup. I’m not trying to paint a lousy picture but that’s the picture it is. It’s an ongoing thought in my head what we’re going to do. That’s the best I can do.”
Torts is certainly right. With the way the team’s defense looks like right now, Lundqvist is going to continue to get peppered and at some point, Johnson will need to be thrown into the fray so show the organization what he can do.
Gross thinks that the team should put him in against the Islanders next Thursday night at the Coliseum. What do you folks think?
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