Originally Posted by 3rtpaper
I agree I think Lindback is better and on a better team however most people will be more willing to gamble with Lindback than they would Bobrovsky because of that.
I don't think anyone really thought Mike Smith would be this year's Mike Smith either.. that being said I don't see Bobovsky being that good but its the off season so I'm bored
I will roll the dice with it I think.. probably never let him into my line-up unless he is doing well haha.
Agreed about people being more willing to gamble on Lindback...I have a feeling people may actually REACH on Lindback due to high expectations for him now becoming a starter on a team that has so much firepower up front. People forget that he has never handled a heavy workload...and I think people that expect him to start 60 games for the Lightning will likely be horribly disappointed.
The max number of games he has played in was 42 games in the SEL...logging 2537 minutes. Bobrovsky has already started 52 games before in the NHL in one season.
That being said, the biggest difference between the two is that Lindback is now the Lightning's 'golden boy' as they're clearly looking to him to be a long-term option for them. In Columbus, I think the golden boy is still Steve Mason until he coughs it up...which, if the past two years has taught us anything, happens pretty early in the year. What Mason has going for him though was he actually finished the season on a very strong note.
As for people not expecting Mike Smith playing as well as he did...most were pretty skeptical, while some (including Justin Goldman) were fairly confident that his big body being utilized by a goalie coach like Sean Burke under Tippet's system would yield some solid results. Probably not elite results like he did but good nonetheless.
Great thread though, I enjoy talking goalies, even though I completely suck at talking about them lol.