Last night's soft overtime goal in a loss to the Sharks is just one more reason to convince anyone that Martin Gerber is completely suspect when under pressure. I find it hard to believe that Bryan Murray is truly convinced that Gerber should be the guy going into the playoffs. Perhaps he is merely giving Gerber a real solid chance to prove something but despite everyone cheering Gerber on, he is still coughing up rebounds and letting in soft goals every game (2 last night).
Ray Emery might be a "bad teammate" but every hockey person will tell you that he is a better goaltender than Gerber in virtually every facet of the position. Are the Senators willing to gamble their season because there is some resentment from management towards Emery? Perhaps they are and it is their right to do so. But it's not the right decision.
There is probably not one person who will agree with me on this but Emery should be given most, if not all the starts going down the stretch. He is still the same goalie who beat Martin Brodeur in last years playoffs and took the team to the final (with an injured wrist as well). If Martin Gerber can actually win a playoff series with that fragile head of his, I will eat my laptop.
The one good thing I see Murray doing here is telling the rest of the team that it's not just up to man in the net. By switching goalies every other game, the players can get the impression that the management is blaming the losses on the keepers.
Murray is a smart hockey man and he may ultimately come out looking brilliant by going to Gerber. But I sense another Patrick Lalime meltdown just around the corner. And don't say that the signs aren't there right here in March when the shit hits the fan in April.