Blue Jackets' Talented Goaltending Duo Will Be Key To Their Success Down the Stretch

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The Chase's picture

I’ve been wondering about something, and based on the subject matter of this piece, this seems to be a good time to ask. Don’t crucify me if you think it’s a horrible question, lol. Assuming Korpi effectively picks up where he left off prior to the injury (even if it takes a few starts), and for argument’s sake let’s say we make the playoffs, is there any precedent for playing two hot goalies once the postseason starts? It would seem to me that if you’ve got two outstanding goalies that you could start either, give the other guy a rest every other game, and therefore keep each guy fresher, longer.

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ChiliChantSucks's picture

Starting each goalie every other game does seem effective to keep them fresh but it might prevent them from going on a hot streak

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bluejacketsfanwpsl's picture

While I feel like it has happened, it seems very uncommon.  You want to have a hot hand and keep it going.  That is the conventional wisdom.

It'll be very interesting and fun to watch.

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OWSH45's picture

I can remember a number of times where a backup goalie was brought in, got hot and, effectively, carried the team through the playoffs. For the life of me, I cannot recall any playoff team employing a goalie platoon in the playoffs.

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The Chase's picture

I couldn’t ever remember hearing of a goalie platoon either. But with as good as both of these guys have been, I wondered if there had ever been a situation like it. I understand the consistency of sending the same goalie out, riding the hot hand, etc., but then it dawned on me that one superb goalie is going to be wearing a backward ball cap, if you get my drift. It speaks to what an enviable position the Jackets are in right now, to have two way above average goaltenders on the roster.

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OWSH45's picture

To the best of my memory, in the 52 years I've been a hockey fan, no team has platooned goalies through the playoffs. The most likely reason is that there is always at least one day between games, thus giving the goalie a day of rest between each start. Also, I can tell you from my playing days (which ended about this time, last year) that goalies are workhorses. The more they play, the better their focus. I once played 6 games in 4 days and played better with each game.

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OWSH45's picture

To the best of my memory, in the 52 years I've been a hockey fan, no team has platooned goalies through the playoffs. The most likely reason is that there is always at least one day between games, thus giving the goalie a day of rest between each start. Also, I can tell you from my playing days (which ended about this time, last year) that goalies are workhorses. The more they play, the better their focus. I once played 6 games in 4 days and played better with each game.

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ChiliChantSucks's picture

I think Korpi will be the starter again once he gets healthy but this has to be giving Jarmo fits about whether he wants to trade one of them or not. At this point, what's more important: goalie depth or offensive power?

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General Mokus's picture

Unpopular opinion, I want offensive power

The General

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Q's picture

Nah, that is not an unpopular opinion. Everyone recognizes we need a little more firepower, as long as we can can find someone that won't upset the good vibe going on in the locker room at present. Not to state the obvious, but we need to trade from a position of depth.

The only questions I think are (1) Can we truly get back a legit top six forward that can contribute 20+ goals and 50+ points for one of our current goaltenders; and (2) If the answer to #1 is yes, are we more likely to get best value this month before the TDL or over the summer?

Q

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OWSH45's picture

Who doesn't? Literally, every team on Earth wants more offense. But who is realistically available and what is the cost?

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CBJMatt's picture

The easy part for Jarmo is no one is looking for anything more than a quality backup (like Toronto did with Jack Campbell) in February. Nothing is happening with either Korpisalo or Elvis until the draft at the earliest. You'd be trading either one for pennies on the dollar right now.

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OWSH45's picture

Which assumes, as we all do, that one of them will be traded. It recently occurred to me that there is a possibility that neither will be to allow VV &/or Matiss to get a little more seasoning. I don't think it's likely, but it's possible.

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CBJMatt's picture

Certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. One thing that I keep going back to in my mind is the talk over the summer, before they knew what they had, that if one of the goalies emerged, it would make guys like Vehvilainen or Tarasov expendable because suddenly the net is spoken for for long enough that those guys likely don't have a chance. Wouldn't be altogether shocked if Tarasov is part of a deal in the next couple of weeks for that reason.

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OWSH45's picture

I don't know if Tarasov is in any danger of being traded because he's so young. If memory serves, both Korpi and Elvis are 25+. So both would be approaching 30 about the time he should be looking to take over the net. If a second goalie in the system is traded sometime in the next 15, 16 months, my money is on VV. Unless, of course, he just blows everyone away in September.

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