topshelf66 wrote:The $7 million we are spending on the our goaltending is a great bargain. Ride it through next season. You cannot give up on Fleury at 28.
Is it a bargain? We're definitely getting our money's worth with Vokoun, but Fleury isn't worth close to 5.
Fleury was good in the 08 run. He was...adequate in 09, and since then he's been consistently terrible. I think five years is long enough. Maybe he will eventually mature into a top goalie, I hope he does, but this isn't the place to do it. For how many more years is this team going to be a serious contender before we have to start over? How many of those years do you want to gamble on Fleury?
There are other arguments, of course. For one thing, we have to make savings somewhere. For this team, the optimal goaltending solution might well be a couple of Vokoun calibre goalies getting paid 4-5 million total. Chances are that when the playoffs come around at least one of them will be in sufficiently good form to let our offense win games, and the cap we save can go into resigning some of the dozen or so players we'd all hate to lose. You also have to consider his trade value, which is going to decrease the older he gets and the more bad playoff experiences he has.
The problem with Fleury is that he's such a likeable guy. We all desperately want him to fulfill his potential, and do so in a Penguins jersey. It's going to be one of those messy break ups, where you cling to some ridiculous notion that things get better for too long then feel dreadful for about six months after it happens. Eventually though, you realise it was for the best. There are plenty more goalies in the sea.