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Now or never (ever) for Fleury in Pittsburgh?

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07:25 AM ET 06.03 | One might reasonably have wondered what kind of Game 1 Tomas Vokoun needed in order for him to keep his spot between the pipes. If now is not the time for Marc-Andre Fleury, then when? Or more to the point, if it is not time now for the return of the longtime Penguins starter and former number one overall draft pick, then the answer "never." That the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltending situation is once again a topic of discussion just one game into the Eastern Conference final is not a slight in the least at [Vokoun]. ... Isn't there more of a safety net in starting Fleury in Game 2? Either way, [Dan Bylsma] knows the goaltending issue that had been dormant for the last couple of weeks has now been revived.

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June 3, 2013  08:03 AM ET

I was wondering when this thread would finally hit...

June 3, 2013  08:25 AM ET

PGH is not going to win this series. The goalie decision is really a long term decision. Either put MAF back in there, or plan on trading him in the offseason. It is a simple as that. tough call. I woould play him and keep him myself.

June 3, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Maybe Mess or Gretz can play goal? An idea for a thread...

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June 3, 2013  08:43 AM ET

This has been handled poorly for the start I think. Now I'd say both guys will be looking over their zshoulders, and not just after goals.

June 3, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Not sure why there is a controversy again. IMHO, Vokoun did not play that badly. It would be a more dangerous situation to throw MAF out there again, since playoff hockey seems to be his problem. There would be no discussion if Pitt score 4 goals in game 1

June 3, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Not sure why there is a controversy again. IMHO, Vokoun did not play that badly. It would be a more dangerous situation to throw MAF out there again, since playoff hockey seems to be his problem. There would be no discussion if Pitt score 4 goals in game 1

You're right Dave....but this was bound to come up after the loss.
My opinion .... leave Vokoun in.. trade MAF in the off season only because he's not going to accept a backup or relief role in Pitt.

June 3, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You're right Dave....but this was bound to come up after the loss. My opinion .... leave Vokoun in.. trade MAF in the off season only because he's not going to accept a backup or relief role in Pitt.

concur...

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June 3, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Not sure why there is a controversy again. IMHO, Vokoun did not play that badly. It would be a more dangerous situation to throw MAF out there again, since playoff hockey seems to be his problem. There would be no discussion if Pitt score 4 goals in game 1

Yup...

Goalie change isn't the solution. Better play from blue liners is.

June 3, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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Vokoun's got like a year left in him. What happens then?

A trade for The Monster?

June 3, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Fleury doesn't start next game. Two of those three goals were not Vokoun's fault. Why this is an issue, I have no idea.

As far as what to do with him in the off-season, etc., cross that bridge when we come to it. However, Vokoun is not a long-term solution, and goalies are not falling from trees.

June 3, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Fleury doesn't start next game. Two of those three goals were not Vokoun's fault. Why this is an issue, I have no idea. As far as what to do with him in the off-season, etc., cross that bridge when we come to it. However, Vokoun is not a long-term solution, and goalies are not falling from trees.

TT will be looking for a new gig

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June 3, 2013  09:33 AM ET

well, everyone said that the series would come down to goaltending, and it's pretty obvious who is more stable in the back end. Either Crosby and co. decide to show up in a meaningful way, or they will be golfing soon.

Only caught a bit of game 1, but seemed to me that Rask did exactly what he's being paid to do...and Vokoun is exactly as advertised. Didn't see goal 1, but goals 2 and 3 were dreadful.

June 3, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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That would insinuate that the Wings are negotiating a long-term deal...

He is an RFA and Kenny bought a six pack on the weekend so there goes the money to match an offer sheet.

June 3, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Kunitz catches a little less iron in the first period and the so-called blowout doesn't happen...and perhops Sid and Geno the scrapping machino don't lose their minds.

June 3, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Hard to blame the goalie when your team scores 0 goals.

June 3, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Vokoun's got like a year left in him. What happens then?

Just contact Tim Thomas and tell him Finland is just like Pittsburgh. The folks speak Finnish with a yinz accent and the American section of Helsinki looks almost exactly like Western PA. Then let him know that Obama will be on a diplomatic mission to Europe when the season starts and will drop the first puck. Might work?

 
June 3, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Hard to blame the goalie when your team scores 0 goals.

I can certainly vouch for that

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