In a year and a half, the world's best players will convene in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. Team USA might be hard pressed to find a better 24-square-foot answer than Boston's goalie, Tim Thomas, who hails from Flint, Michigan.
An all-star goalie in the 2007-2008 campaign and already recording two shut-outs this season, Tim Thomas is my candidate and vote for Team USA's starting goalie.
Thomas has an unorthodox style of goaltending. But he keeps the goals to a minimum and keeps his team in the game, in order to have a chance to win night in and night out.
Ryan Miller's name, I am sure, is going to come up for this position as well. A good goalie, but one who can't seem to bring his team over the hump. He sure is being paid a lot of money.
Rick Dipietro is another name that will be considered. He is a good Lefty goalie, but I don't believe he can win games on his own, or steal a game...especially against the world's best players. He owns a long, long, long-term contract with the NY Islanders.
Craig Anderson in Florida—Who?
Some young guns who still need to prove their worth, but have some good upside, are Jimmy Howard and Ty Conklin, both of whom are in Detroit's organization.
There will be plenty of speculation around goalies for Team Canada as well. Martin Brodeur is the sure favorite, which leaves an open spot. Might it be Carey Price of the Canadiens or Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh?
Who do you feel should be selected as the next top goalies for both Team USA and Team Canada, during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC?