Henry Hank wrote:Dumb post. Pens fans didn't give up on Fleury because of one bad series in which his team was overmatched. Pens fans have given up on him after four straight years of substandard postseason play against lower seeded teams.
This is essentially the "it's just one game!" argument. Reasonable people don't jump to conclusions based on one occurrence. When things become a pattern, that's when you get concerned. Fleury's playoff duds have become the norm. Has he been the only problem, no, but he's been a big one and a correctable one as we've seen since Vokoun replaced him.
But the replacement has faced one of the worst offensive teams to make the playoffs in recent memory. My post is to simply point out how stupid it is to blame/praise goalies when it's cleary how the team in front of them is playing that is winning/losing these odd/lopsided series.
Fleury would have looked really good against an inept Ottawa team outplayed by the Penguins. Vokoun would have looked just as bad against the Flyers/Islanders in some of those games.
I won't argue that perhaps it's a bad investment to pay a goalie 5 million a year if you can get a Vokoun at 2 million a year - though when we face a team that still can generate some quality chances when our defense is actually playing well as compared to the lopsided efforts against the islanders and flyers, we shall see, but I think finding guys like Vokoun available for that kind of money is a rarity - though I'm not sure how well he'd hold up an entire year.