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08:13 AM ET 01.29 | Michal Neuvirth is no stranger to fighting for his job. For the third straight season, [Neuvirth] arrived at training camp with another goaltender seemingly anointed as the top option on the Washington Capitals' depth chart. And for the third straight season, Neuvirth took it in stride, confident he would eventually get an opportunity to prove himself. The chance came early this year, with three starts in the first five games, and Neuvirth's performances are making a powerful case that it's his time to serve as headliner in the Capitals' net. ... Teammates say Neuvirth has served as a crutch for the Capitals, propping them up when errors in execution threatened their opportunity for success. "He's been outstanding for us," Mike Green said.

The Washington Post

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January 29, 2013  08:55 AM ET

They had three 'young stars', and unloaded the number 1 because they felt that they had enough with the other 2. If neither of these two pans out then the person who did the talent evaluation (Kolzig?) should see their head roll.

January 29, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

But did anybody actually expect Holtby to be a star goaltender, besides Bruins apologists perhaps?

perhaps the same person that also thought replacing Semin with Ribeiro was a wise move.

January 29, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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But did anybody actually expect Holtby to be a star goaltender, besides Bruins apologists perhaps?

Personally, I don't think he (neuvirth) is the answer either.
Kolzig is their goalie coach?
maybe he's getting even

January 29, 2013  09:00 AM ET

No. 1 emerging in Washington

Seems like a lot more #2 in Washington.

January 29, 2013  09:01 AM ET

At first glance, I read it as no one emerging in Washington.

Thought some illiterate kids were now riting the hedlinze.

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January 29, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Mike Green wouldn't know outstanding if it hit him square in the jaw. Nuevy has been okay. That's it. He hasn't been the weakest link so far.

January 29, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Personally, I don't think he (neuvirth) is the answer either.
Kolzig is their goalie coach?
maybe he's getting even

Kinda like having Kessel as your truculence coach?

January 29, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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But did anybody actually expect Holtby to be a star goaltender, besides Bruins apologists perhaps?

the fact is no one really knows what he can be yet. Not enough data. He's been very good and very bad. Let's remember, other than the Dale Hunter chapter, this is not been a team with great commitment to defense via the BB era.

January 29, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Kinda like having Kessel as your truculence coach?

or Lord Irk as your 'sponsor"?

January 29, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No. 1 emerging in WashingtonSeems like a lot more #2 in Washington.

All it will take is a little intestinal fortitude.

January 29, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

All it will take is a little intestinal fortitude.

Well, yes there's that and Kaopectate.

January 29, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Neuvirth has played well (mostly) and Holtby has not. Of course the "defense", if you can call it that, has been uneven to put it charitably. In a normal year there'd still be another week or two in the pre-season schedule. Bottom line, both goalies will play this year and it remains to be seen who'll wind up as number 1 for the playoffs (in fact it's still a big question if playoffs will be in the picture for them this year). I have been amused by the fact that the question of standings, careers, Cups and playoffs can be settled in 5 games or less. I think we ought to have the best journalists in hockey (an oxymoron for sure) simply choose playoff opponents right now. Or maybe just award the Cup without the season.

January 29, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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or Lord Irk as your 'sponsor"?

I really do miss him and his whimsy.

January 29, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Neuvirth has played well (mostly) and Holtby has not. Of course the "defense", if you can call it that, has been uneven to put it charitably. In a normal year there'd still be another week or two in the pre-season schedule. Bottom line, both goalies will play this year and it remains to be seen who'll wind up as number 1 for the playoffs (in fact it's still a big question if playoffs will be in the picture for them this year). I have been amused by the fact that the question of standings, careers, Cups and playoffs can be settled in 5 games or less. I think we ought to have the best journalists in hockey (an oxymoron for sure) simply choose playoff opponents right now. Or maybe just award the Cup without the season.

Someone's getting a little cranky. :)

January 29, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Someone's getting a little cranky. :)

I am not Just shut up. :(

January 29, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Neuvirth has played well (mostly) and Holtby has not. Of course the "defense", if you can call it that, has been uneven to put it charitably. In a normal year there'd still be another week or two in the pre-season schedule. Bottom line, both goalies will play this year and it remains to be seen who'll wind up as number 1 for the playoffs (in fact it's still a big question if playoffs will be in the picture for them this year). I have been amused by the fact that the question of standings, careers, Cups and playoffs can be settled in 5 games or less. I think we ought to have the best journalists in hockey (an oxymoron for sure) simply choose playoff opponents right now. Or maybe just award the Cup without the season.

the playoffs shouldn't even be in the discussion at the moment. still alllloooot of hockey to be played.

January 29, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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I am not Just shut up. :(

LOL - Perhaps this will cheer you up...

 
January 29, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No. 1 emerging in WashingtonSeems like a lot more #2 in Washington.

but if #2 is 'emerging" you better clench and run !

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