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Who should be the Sens' starting goalie?
Mon, March 24, 2008

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


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get rid of them both. not even good jr B goalies.. package a deal to the hawks for habbibulan...
parney, 2008-01-29 10:27:32

I would have to say that neither one is a Star type to win you a Stanley Cup, but if I had to pick a starter it would be Gerber, if he grows up and has his mask painted. Shows how immature he really is. Emery is just a nut bar who had a decent season on an excellent team. Emery is no team player, just an eccentric nut bar.
the other voice of reason, 2008-01-28 16:46:36

Hi Dave in NS! im from Nova Scotia Too!!!:)
RJ, 2008-01-26 17:32:48

I don't think either one of those guys are doing it for Ottawa this year..Fisher said it best,during an interview,after the lost to Florida :"Every little mistake we make out there, results with the puck going in our net".Shows you how much confidence the players have in their goaltenders.

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

Both are great goalies!

Either goalie would be a major upgrade over Toskala or Raycroft! hahaha


Wlodo, 2008-01-25 17:19:30

When both goalies are at the top of their game, Gerber is the better of the two. Emery has much potential but Gerber is currently the guy I'd want to march into the playoffs with.
Dave in NS, 2008-01-25 17:16:23

Gerber because he has earned more respect from the players and coaches. Our goalies will not "steal a game", winning and losing will be a team thing..
Chris, 2008-01-25 13:51:41

Two problems with Gerber: when he let's in a soft goal his confidence shot and don't brother putting him in the few starts, he brutally. Second, wanders behind the net and instead of leaving the puck for his defence he shoots the puck to the other teams player resulting in a goal or a decent shot on goal. I would stick with Emery atleast he battles in the net or trade to get a decent goalie. If Gerber has one bad game in the playoffs the Sens are out.
Mike, 2008-01-25 11:49:11

I have to agree with those who say Gerber should be anointed # 1. From this vantage point, his best stretch of games was in the early part of the season when he knew he was the guy - Emery was simply not ready to return so without that distraction Gerber played well.

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

Emery is overrated and has shown that although Ottawa went far in the playoffs, he didn't win any of those games for them, it was a team effort. I think he can improve but with his mindset I'm thinking he won't. Eventually there will friction between him and the coaching staff or a teammate and that will hurt the team.

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

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