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Will Goaltending Be Team Canada’s Weak Link?

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

There is no tactful way to ask why Canadian goaltending, at this particular juncture in history, is so mediocre. But it is.

Marty Brodeur is the past, and of those we thought were the future, Marc-Andre Fleury has fallen off the edge of the Earth, Cam Ward is stuck on a loss machine in Carolina and Price has been a human roller-coaster.

It didn’t used to be this way. For generations, we rolled blithely from one star to another to fill our international needs: from Ken Dryden and Tony Esposito to Grant Fuhr to Patrick Roy to Brodeur, with brief detours to Eddie Belfour or Curtis Joseph or Bill Ranford, and it was never an issue.

Now? If the cold-eyed sizer-uppers in the peanut gallery are correct, it could be a big issue for Canada in Sochi, not quite six months from now.

"Obviously the last couple of years have been hard on Roberto but I think our goaltending is as good as anybody else's,” said defenceman Dan Boyle. “The difference between the top goalies on other (international) teams is so minimal.

"I think the media's talking about this because we've been so used to having Brodeur for all those years and Patrick before that and all of a sudden we don't have one of those Hall of Fame stud guys."

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Da lil Guy's avatar

I think team Canada will have 3 very good goaltenders and one will rise to the occasion.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/26/13 at 10:17 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It’s really not an issue.

Luongo, Price, Crawford make a good trio and let’s not be stupid… Luongo starting is not a weak link if it comes to pass for Canada.  And if Smith makes it instead of Price or Crawford, no real drop-off.

Posted by Primis on 08/26/13 at 11:05 PM ET

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Canada’s goaltending will be plenty good.

Posted by timbits on 08/27/13 at 08:57 AM ET

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I think the issue with Canada’s goaltending is consistency. One of them could absolutely get hot for 2 weeks and deliver a gold. They could also chew through goalies in a Flyers-like mess and be left out of medal contention.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 08/27/13 at 09:52 AM ET

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I think the issue with Canada’s goaltending is consistency. One of them could absolutely get hot for 2 weeks and deliver a gold. They could also chew through goalies in a Flyers-like mess and be left out of medal contention.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 08/27/13 at 09:52 AM ET

You just described about every other country though too.

Posted by Primis on 08/27/13 at 10:32 AM ET

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For all of the hysteria, I don’t see how Luongo, Price or Ward are much of a drop off from Ranford or Joseph.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/27/13 at 02:27 PM ET

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