>Andy Moog is probably the only netminder I'd pick for Team Canada with
>any confidence. As a backup, I'd even go for a rookie like Troy Gamble
>of the Canucks or Rick Tabaracci of the Jets (who was great last night).
I agree with you about Moog...the other goaltending spot seems wide
open...with the other proven guys perhaps having seen their best days...
i.e. Fuhr, Hextall. I'm not the greatest Roy or Vernon fan in the
world...and Hrudey has not demonstrated the ability to win the big
game (even though it perhaps has not been his fault)...so a lot
depends on this year. The problem with a lot of the new generation
of goaltenders is that for the better ones this year...i.e. Belfour
and Gamble, even Riendeau...this is really their first year, and I tend
not to trust goaltenders who've had only one good year. This is why
I think Ranford may have a good shot, because he can potentially put
two solid years together back-to-back, and he has demonstrated that
he can handle the pressure of the big games. Burke would have
been a possibility, but he seems to have lost his confidence, and
Maclean got off to a rough start in Vancouver.
I guess ultimately it will depend on who the coach is but I think
it will be Moog and somebody.