Top Ten Goalie Questions for 2009-10 Season

Anderson knows he needs to get down to business in Colorado if he wants to prove he's a true number one.

Anderson knows he needs to get down to business in Colorado if he wants to prove he's a true number one.

10.  Is Craig Anderson ready for prime time?  He showed he could be the go-to guy when Tomas Vokun was hurt last year in Florida and now he gets the chance to prove it in Colorado.  But Peter Budaj is ready to show he can still be the guy if Anderson falters.

9.  Who’s the real sheriff in town?  Jose Theodore or Semyon Varlamov in Washington?  J-S Giguere or Jonas Hiller in Anaheim?  Theodore and Giguere are too expensive to move but both possess the ability to win back what they view to be rightfully theirs.

8.  Will Pascal Leclaire deliver the type of goaltending that generated 9 shutouts two seasons ago in Columbus and is desperately needed in Ottawa?  Or are the Sens too much of a mess for the goalie to even matter?

7.  Will Cam Ward live up to the title of Six Million Dollar Man?  He’s great value at $3M but doubling that is a lot of pressure on a young goalie.

6.  The sophomore jinx:  will Steve Mason suffer it in Columbus and will Carey Price recover from it in Montreal?  Mason played through mono last year, picked up 10 shutouts, led the Jackets to their first ever playoff appearance and won the Calder Trophy.  How do you top that?  Or more precisely, how do you manage expectations so those results don’t become the measuring stick?  Price would probably say “be thankful you’re in Ohio”.  Yes, last season would have been considered a letdown regardless of where Price was playing, but doing it in Montreal, during their 100th anniversary, multiplied the fans’ disappoint by a factor of 2501.

The "best goalie outside the NHL" is now standing tall in its Mecca.

The "best goalie outside the NHL" is now standing tall in its Mecca.

5.  Will Jonas Gustavsson be a Monster in Toronto?  Vesa Toskala shone in San Jose when he split duties with Evgeni Nabokov so it’s actually in his best interest to be pushed by the sought-after Swedish rookie.  Famed goalie guru Francois Allaire is the new crease coach in Toronto so the potential to keep the puck out of the Leafs’ net  is higher than it has been in years.

4.  Can Cristobal Huet live up to the #1 billing (and huge contract) in Chicago now that Nikolai Khabibulin isn’t stealing his thunder (and jersey number)?  Or are the young Hawks headed for a complete collapse after over reaching last year?

After a controversial summer the last thing Huet and the Hawks need is a magazine cover jinx.

After a controversial summer the last thing Huet and the Hawks need is a magazine cover jinx.

3.  What’s the deal on Long Island?  Will Rick DiPietro ever play again?  Can 40yr old Dwayne Roloson continue to perform like the 30yr old he’s resembled the past couple seasons?  Did anyone even notice that Martin Biron is an Islander now?

Biron deserves playing time on Long Island just so we can see his Billy Smith tribute mask.

Biron deserves playing time on Long Island just so we can see his Billy Smith tribute mask.

2.  Who will be the #1 for Team Canada in February?  Does it matter who’s #1 for the USA or Russia?  No, not really.  Does it matter for Canada?  Yes, for 33 million reasons (population of ‘Olympic-hockey-glory-is-our-birthright’ Canadians).  Barring injury we probably won’t know if it’s Martin Brodeur or Roberto Luongo until the end of the round robin.

1.  What will Ray Emery do in Philadelphia?  Will he be a Broad Street Bully or will he, of all possible choices, end up being the goalie the Flyers have been looking for ever since Ron Hextall’s first stint there?  If the preseason is any indication it looks like Emery has a chance to ride in a parade down Broad Street.

Emery is not nearly the reach many pundits suggested at the time the Flyers signed him.

Emery is not nearly the reach many pundits suggested at the time the Flyers signed him.

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