shmenguin wrote:vokoun was good enough to get us to the finals last year, and it's no stretch to say it was possible that he would have been good enough to get us the cup. so, as a whole, our goaltending tandem was "good enough". without vokoun, that's likely not the case. losing him for the season is very bad news. losing him for several months doesn't really matter.
Which brings up a whole new set of issues. The previous couple of runs there were excuses - injuries, poor goaltending, etc. Last year the team was loaded, full strength, healthy, and good very good goaltending out of Vokoun - and they still got completely embarrassed by the Bruins, who I'd argue don't have nearly the talent the Pens have.
To add insult to injury, on two occasions the Blackhawks scored more goals in a single game against the Bruins than the Pens did in their entire series...
I guess my difference when thinking about this stuff ( and I am not an HCDB fan)...
Is that I would argue overall the Bruins have just as much if not more talent than the Pens. Don't want to argue opinions here but to say they don't have the near the talent is crazy. especially if you put line up next to line up.
their top two center don't compare but are not slouches and in fact are probaly a top 3 or 4 pair in the league. Their worst fit was Seguin and we ran with Morrow or Kenndy in that slot.
I get HCDB doesn't help things but I think people severely over estimate our roster after Sid, Geno and Letang.