Originally Posted by Hoek
I guess my issue with Boucher is his loyalty to his assistants, in the face of overwhelming data that says otherwise. I don't know if that's Yzerman's call too, but I feel like we've been limping along without Fleming's input, and Frantz Jean is just sabotaging us. Look at how Roloson suddenly did much better once he went back to his own preparation techniques. I remember Chief said something about Jean working on a goalie's stickhandling when he's still struggling to stop pucks. I mean what the hell?
I wouldn't consider Lindy and Garon turds by any means. Garon is what he is- a decent backup- and there is a lot to like about Lindy in terms of the tools he has. Altogether, average with huge upside, IMO.
Frantz Jean doesn't inspire any confidence in me. There's other factors to the struggles in net, but I think he has to go. I think it's a more specific issue than Boucher and the overall players and system.
It's extremely sad that Wayne Fleming looks to be losing his battle with cancer soon. He was a definite asset. But he, and Frantz, have to be replaced. Not sure if SFY or Boucher is more responsible for the lack of action, but SFY hasn't hesitated to make roster moves when needed, so this is baffling. Even if Fleming survives and can come back in some capacity (fingers crossed), you can figure out a role for him then.
Not trying to be a pessimist, I think this team is extremely dangerous - present and future -with just average goaltending. Goaltending is more fickle than really any other aspect of the game, but I'd like to see some of the incredible improvement in player development we've seen over the past few years migrate over to the guys with the painted masks, particularly when we have a gem or two in the system.