fourtrax Posted November 8, 2008 Report Share Posted November 8, 2008 1. Goalies are far less likely to sustain serious injuries. Nonsense. If you refuse to acknowledge that defensemen, who play the most physically punishing position on the ice, absorb hits constantly (every time they go back to retrieve the puck), check and battle big forwards in the corners, block shots, and even get into fights occasionally, are more at risk to get seriously injured than goalies, against whom contact in their crease is a penalty, I'm not sure what else to say. You are not accepting reality here. 2. Khabibulin's contract is ridiculously inflated for a goalie on the downside of his career. Doesn't matter, if need arise. But those when there is no need. You introduce Khabibulin into the conversation for no reason, and when presented with reasons for why the comparison is inapt, reject them with an 'argument' which is actually a tautology. Basically, you're saying we should accept this comparison because you say so, and you say so because the comparison is apt. 3. We have Halak and Denis for short-term injury relief. On D, we have Weber, Brisebois, O'Byrne, Carle, Belle, and so on for short-term injury-relief. No matter what if we get injured at one position, we are going to suffer a drop with the replacement. That is inevitable. But we were talking about long-term injury scenarios to our D (NOT to our goalies, which is far less likely to occur and therefore not comparable in terms of our need to go shopping on the trade market). If (God forbid) Markov, Komisarek, or Hamrlik suffers a serious injury, there is no way any of the players you mentioned would be able to be effective in the long term. However, if we have JayBo in the fold, we're in a far stronger position, as he could play big minutes in all situations to ease the load. 4. Goalies are far easier to acquire than stud defensemen, who are incredibly rare and sought-after commodities. Thus very, very expensive. Nuff said. We've already agreed that Gainey wouldn't overpay, so I don't see why you keep bringing up the expense. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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