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Can anyone explain how Leighton is an NHL caliber goalie?


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He does stink, and shouldn't be in the NHL anymore, but he wouldn't have been able to 'lose' us the cup if he hadn't have gotten us their either.

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Did he 'get us there', or did a TREMENDOUS D led by Pronger, get us there, with him being the beneficiary? He was a one-trick pony, and since Chicago exposed him, he hasn't been NHL quality. I will admit though that the d played lazy last night, but he should not start another game in Orange and Black when every point is magnified in this type of season.
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he wasn't THE reason they lost last night. He wasn't great, but he certainly wasn't THE reason. I could only really fault him for like 1.. maybe 2 of those goals. We were still losing that game no matter who we had in net. They played lazy D last night.

Did he 'get us there', or did a TREMENDOUS D led by Pronger, get us there, with him being the beneficiary? He was a one-trick pony, and since Chicago exposed him, he hasn't been NHL quality. I will admit though that the d played lazy last night, but he should not start another game in Orange and Black when every point is magnified in this type of season.

Greetings: I think you're both right .But we lost to Chicago for a number of reasons and the Blackhawks' 6-0 start this year speaks to that. But I would add that we have an "organeyesation" that seems to go hog wild on forwards and their development, while goalies and D-men seem to be given short shrift. Our system developed Nitty; for a number of reasons he went. Boucher came of age with the Flyers and we have had a fairly good return on investment, though probably not as much as hoped for a decade+ ago. And Bobo was went packing due to cap. But we are not a Nashville that breeds goalies.

So...we look to the Leightons of the world for backup..and overpay the free agents we anoint as goaltending saviors.

Peace,

Howie

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it's funny but other than Hedman's goal on a sloppy rebound I can't really fault Leighton too much for last night. The officials called a ticky-tack game and against a team like TB, with the way our PK has been playing so far - that's a recipe for disaster.

Personally I'd rather see Boosh playing 2nd string and never wanted Leighton at all - not 2 years ago, not this year. But he looked better than I thought he would last night, and he's not the reason we lost the game 5-1.

[edit: oh yeah the Brewer goal too...even tho it hit Talbot (i think) it was still a long, not particularly hard shot that Leighton should've picked up. So....2 goals that were so-so. Not an impressive performance by any stretch but - with all the other problems on the ice last night I'm willing to give Leighton a break]

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Nobody in the league was willing to claim him for half price, not a single GM, although they all had multiple shots of doing this.....but Homer thinks he is worthy of a 2 year deal....there is the problem right there. Homer simply is a tool when it comes to assessing tenders in general.

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