HomerPenguin wrote:This depends a lot on what the team seems capable of, no? If they're still a year or two away from being a serious contender, and Fleury's early struggles indeed prove to be an aberration, what's the point in bringing in an expensive veteran goalie who is likely going to cost you some value in trade?
Fleury's struggles are anything but an aberration. He's been inconsistent from day one. Just because he was the first pick in the draft, doesn't automatically mean he will become a franchise goalie. Many hockey people felt he was overrated on draft day, and so far he's done nothing in the NHL (or outside the NHL) to disprove them.
Are you kidding me? How on earth could anybody possibly know where this kid will be in a couple years. Nobody in the league questions his athletic ability, it's all about fine tuning some aspects of his game and he'll be a franchise goalie.
He was poorly managed in his first couple seasons with the team. Last year he held down the starting job and stole plenty of games for us last year (including the only playoff game we won). He won 40 games last season, is still the youngest starter in the league and will continue to improve so long as he doesn't get hung out to dry by the players in front of him.
That said, if you can bring in another young goalie to push MAF and create more competition without giving up too much, I wouldn't see it as a bad thing. Giving up Colby is WAY too much though...EC, Rex, Brent, Sabu...a completely different story.
I still think there are three things of greater importance (scoring depth at wing, solid d-man right-handed shot), and I'd rather see us acquire one or two of these in dealing some of our assets.