Barrasso was a premier netminder for this team for many years and has 2 Cup rings to prove exactly how good and focused he was for much of his career here. Fleury's career is off to a very promising start, but until he starts racking up the hardware he will be the one looking up at TommyB, not the other way around.
No doubt. And the reason I had both focused and healthy was because for a short time ('89-'90) before the Cup runs he had subpar play because of his daughter's illness (something that would distract any father) and for a while after the Cup runs his shoulders and back were in dreadful shape as he missed almost all of two whole seasons and likely let in a number of goals he normally would not (his shoulders were so bad he couldn't lift weights and had a hard time moving them above his normal stance). I'm certainly not disparaging Barrasso's legacy with this club in any way, I'm just saying for some stretches of time he was shaky.