Originally posted at Flames Jambalaya
If there was on the glaring eyesore of the Flames above anything else, it was the goaltending. Even though Treliving never came out and said so, you know this was a huge disappointment. No matter how many times Burke and Treliving came to the goalies' defense, you know they were thinking the same thing.
Game after game, there was at least one goalie blunder, if not more. It became a running joke, how many stinker goals would be scored in the game. It was not a matter of if, but how many. It was a huge distraction to the team, especially the defense, who had to walk on eggshells. The defencemen must have felt like they were in the Twilight Zone. Consider this: they were pretty much the last defense because the goalies were like a sieve.
So what is the solution? We could consider using Ortio and Gillies. Uh, let's pretend I didn't just say that. Instead, let's go ahead and do some goalie shopping.
The three I expect to be contacted:
1. Michal Neuvirth
If the Flyers do not sign him, the Flames have to consider it. He was fantastic in the Caps series. He was the player of the game in the last three games. He is a consistent goalie who keeps the angles. I love his positional play.
2. James Reimer
Reimer had three shutouts with the Sharks during the regular season. He proved how good he was with a solid defense in front of him. I suspect the Flames to contact James this offseason.
3. Frederik Andersen
Probably the best goalie available in market next season. I am just not sure if the Flames would be willing to pay the price to obtain him. I suspect that they will go another route.
A little birdie told me the Flames will talk to the Bolts about Bishop. The price will be high, but the Flames might be willing to pay that price. Burke feels this team is very close to being a contender, and Bishop might be the chip that will make us a contender. Two more names: Cam Ward and Darcy Kuemper.
What do you think?