Originally Posted by holdUP
How would you view the call-up? Would you say they take the guy they see as the better long-term prospect and get him in a good number of games? Or would you argue they'd leave the better long-term prospect to stay in Bridgeport and log a ton of minutes?
It's impossible to know what a team will do with their #3/#4 goalies until you know what they are doing with their top two goalies. Since Rick DiPietro is one of those two goalies, there's no way I could sit here and tell you what Snow has planned for his goalies.
I can tell you that the organization views both goalies as future long-term NHLers. I have that straight from the horse's mouth, and you can read more about it here: http://www.thegoalieguild.com/2012/1...to-bridgeport/
Because of this, they're going to do whatever they can to give both goalies an opportunity to prove themselves. Maybe it comes down to whoever is playing better when a goalie needs to be recalled. Maybe someone starts to take off in Bridgeport and prove himself as the better goalie at that time. Maybe one of them gets injured (call it the DiPietro plague).
Because of the lockout, there are too many unknowns right now, and trust me, it's very frustrating when it comes time to answer these type of questions. I'm just being honest when I say I have no idea. I can speculate and discuss all sorts of scenarios, but this bloody lockout really needs to end so some of the questions can be answered. I don't even know how serious DiPietro's latest groin injury is....
I could see Nabokov being backed up by Nilsson...and Nilsson playing a fair amount of games because Nabokov won't be the superhuman durable workhorse he was in SJ. And don't forget Nabby had a few nagging injuries of his own last season...which helped give Montoya some more exposure.