After alternating goaltenders for the last nine games, Ottawa Senators coach John Paddock is changing things up in the net.
With an eye toward picking a clear-cut No. 1 after the next 10-15 games, Paddock is looking for either Martin Gerber or Ray Emery to show they're worthy of the job.
Crunch time is coming. Who is your pick to be the No. 1 goalie for the Senators? Or should they go with splitting the duties between the two? Have your say in our forum.
Looking out for No. 1
I would hope Murray would give one of his junior netminders a try.I don't think Elliot,or even Glass would be anymore inconsistant then Emery or Gerber, have been.Unfortunately,in order for this to happen,Murray will have to admit that signing Emery to the millionaire's club,was plainly a mistake.We all know too well how unlikely it is,for GMs to ever admit in making a mistake.Especially if it turns out to be a $9 million mistake.
Add to the fact that Paddock has also shown over and over,that he cannot get his players to play collectively,and you have a perfect recipe for going nowhere.
Mitch, 2008-01-26 14:04:09
Either goalie would be a major upgrade over Toskala or Raycroft! hahaha
Wlodo, 2008-01-25 17:19:30
As soon as Emery pronounced himself fit to play and began whining about not getting into any games, and then eventually did get the odd start, Gerber's game began to falter. And it's been that way since with the revolving-door method used by Paddock (who, by the way, I'm beginning to doubt is a solid coach).
The best approach is to tell both that Gerber is the # 1. If - as expected - Emery throws a fit, then send him to the minors (it's doubtful anyone would grab him at the full value of his contract) and then recall him, thereby offering him to any team at half his salary (which, to some cheap teams, might be more palatable) (as Anaheim did with Bryzgalov).
I doubt there's a market for Emery in a trade. At least that way they'd be rid of half his contract for this year, not to mention his penchant for being a distraction at every opportunity.
George O'Leary, 2008-01-25 11:01:57
I'd say Gerber has shown at his best he's a better goalie but he seems to a bit fragile. When he has competition or a few bad outings then he seems to fall apart. What they need is a good psychologist to figure out what makes him tick. If you can get him to self correct like Patrick Roy did, focus, talk to the posts, do whatever it takes to get over the last play and move on.
I'd give it to Gerber for the same reason they rode Emery in the playoffs last year. He has earned the chance. The sooner and clearer you do this, the better chance there is of Emery getting onside and not hurting team chemistry.
Oh, and I'd still take Lalime over either of these guys. Yes, he had the occasional bad playoff game against the Leafs but suck it up, so did the whole team. He has a career 1.77 average in the playoffs for the Sens, so goaltending was not the problem. Patrick was just the scapegoat.
Rick W., 2008-01-25 09:37:23