if you take the position that fleury should be traded or bought out, who do you make as a replacement? Miller? Luongo? where does that get you and at what price? People are quick to want to eliminate but do what to replace? this isnt meant to be snark, its an honest question.
I think they're two separate questions.
1. Is Fleury your number one? If the answer is no, he should go regardless of his replacement. Can't have a guy you don't trust taking up that much cap space, regardless of the availability of a replacement.
2. They don't necessarily need a name like that. Vokoun is under contact for another year, if you get someone who can handle a decent amount of games (30-35) near the same price, I think the Pens come out ahead. I know that's not giving you a name, I'm just eliminating names like Miller and Luongo.
thats fair. i think the two are separate but have a convergent endgame. you still need a goaltender that is going to steal you games in the playoffs or at least instill the confidence needed to battle through slumps. i dont think vokoun is that guy, but hes competent enough to play to a certain level of opposition in the league. i think fleury has the physical abilities to do that, but his bubonic brain has become more the norm than his stanley cup run, which wasnt anything mindblowing, but competent and good enough to hold while he was decently insulated with a younger orpik, scuderi, gill.
im of the opinion that MAF can work, but not in the run-and-gun system that has evolved since the therrien/bylsma combo year. the defense needs to be restructured to play a team game in the three zones, not to focus on overpowering in the offensive end and 80+ft long hail mary's for breakaways...the league is just too adroit to have some glaring mistakes like that come april and beyond. the personnel on the backend isnt sufficient enough to scavenge defensive efforts and supermanning (diving to break up, avoiding penalties) odd man rushes against with successful consistency. its a comedy of errors, based on a systemic indifference to accountability.
im just talking with no real point. just venting.