The New Jersey Devils' Goaltending Options for 2010-2011 Season
Though there are not many options out there, I really do think the Devils are in search for a new starting goaltender.
Here are some of the possible options for the starting goalie in New Jersey next season.
Obviously I would start with their current goaltender.
Martin Brodeur has showed over the past few years that he can no longer win in the playoffs. While he has won a few Stanley Cups, since 2003 he has not had any playoff success.
During the regular season Marty showed he is still one of the best goaltenders, but in recent years his play dropped in the post-season. I am not blaming the losses in the playoffs on the goalie but his play has to be better if the Devils want to continue towards the Stanley Cup Finals.
Over the past few years Tomas Vokoun has been one of the only bright spots on a young Panthers team. Game after game Tomas has been overwhelmed with shots but has still managed to keep the puck out and better yet, keep the Florida Panthers in the playoff race.
Though Vokoun has not been in the playoffs since the 2006-2007 season with Nashville, he recently showed he can win in clutch times as he was the best player in yesterday's 2-1 Czech Republic win over Russia for the gold medal in the World Championships.
The only problem with acquiring Vokoun is the fact that he still has a year left on his contract in Florida, which obviously means the Devils would have to trade someone to get him. I know Vokoun has a no trade clause (NTC) but he would waive it, especially to come to a top-notch team like New Jersey.
I have read a lot of rumors over the past few weeks that Nabokov will not be with the Sharks next season unless they at least make it to the Stanley Cup Finals; however, the Blackhawks eliminated the Sharks from the playoffs on Sunday.
Nabokov will likely be looking for a job come July 1st and there will be a lot of interest league wide no doubt. The only knock on Nabokov is he has not been able to win big games in the playoffs.
But is it all really his fault? Is it his fault Thornton had one point in the conference finals against the Blackhawks? Is it his fault Heatley scored two goals during the playoffs?
The answer to those questions is no.
I would like to see him in black and red next season with the New Jersey Devils.
I would love to hear what you think should happen with the Devils goaltending situation so feel free to comment.
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