Henry Hank wrote:Unlikely either way. If they lose game six I could see them going back to him, in which case game seven likely will be his last game. If they win this series, I can see him eventually getting the call again. If Vokoun continues to come through, they should seriously consider trading him or buying him out after the season. It's too big a cap hit for an unreliable goalie and too many other guys to sign.
This scenario does concern me a little. If they lose game 6 and go back to Fleury and he blows up again, I don't see how they could ever bring him back. Vokoun is 36, but he could handle the workload for next season if they were to draft a young goaltender or sign someone young and eventually work him into the starter's role. The only hope is that when Fleury is called upon again in these playoffs, he performs well and carries the team far. But his stats in the postseason since 2009 are brutal, and over his last 10 postseason games, they are not only brutal but one of the worst stretches ever for a goaltender in the postseason. It's to the point now where he's putting pucks into his own net that are not even shots on goal. Sure, the team makes their share of turnovers, but some of the goals he's allowed were not the result of that. On the Islanders' 6th goal the other night, when Fleury basically curled up in the fetal position inside the goal and made no attempt to stop the puck, that had the appearance of a player who is just mentally defeated.