I’ve heard Pierre McGuire of TSN say this quite a few times now, and it irks me.
If the Ottawa Senators had Martin Brodeur since 1995, they would have had plenty of Stanley Cups by now.
Wow, that’s profound, isn’t it?
Couldn’t you say that about any team in that time period? Brodeur is one of the best goalies of all time. Of course you’re going to win more Stanley Cups if you have him in your lineup. The Philadelphia Flyers would have been a more dominant team in the late 90s with Brodeur. Same with the San Jose Sharks. And so on.
But this post is not meant to ridicule McGuire (not too much, anyways). It’s to point out that the Sens have blown it time and time again when it comes to their goalie situation. Except for Dominic Hasek, they have never made an effort to get a clear-cut number one goalie. They have never tried to trade for one of those up and coming goalies.
That’s why they get stuck with guys like Alex Auld, Martin Gerber and Ray Emery.
Curtis Joseph has been a free agent. Miikka Kiprusoff was traded. Martin Biron was traded. Ilya Bryzgalov was picked up off waivers. Cristobal Huet has been traded twice, plus was a free agent. Curtis Joseph was traded, and has been a free agent five times. Roberto Luongo has been traded twice.
The goalies are there. But the Sens haven’t been willing to do what it takes to get that top goalie. Trade one of your superstars. Trade for a high draft pick to get a future number one goalie.
Until they’re willing to bite the bullet, they’ll always have a goalie controversy, which isn’t good for the team.