Did he demand an exorbitant amount of money? Couldn't come to an agreement on some other aspect of a contract? Was it discovered that he's secretly a death-dealing robot from the future, sent to reverse the Thrashers' triumphant next decade? Or is the coaching staff really THIS confident in a Pavelec-Moose tandem?
I suppose we'll never know.
It's no secret that we here at the Chronicle, like most Thrashers fans I think, are a bit baffled and definitely disappointed with the decision to cut Legace loose. Even more dismaying is the fact that he was never really given a proper full game try-out. Speaking for myself, I'm not as grim about Pavelec as some others--in fact I think he's been okay in the pre-season; the 5-1 rout at the hands of Tampa was everyone's miserable fault, not just Pavs'--but I was really hoping for Legace to be part of the line-up. No reason why we couldn't have simply assigned Kari to IR (as we're doing now) and rolled with a three-goalie tandem like Edmonton did last season.
"But what about when Kari gets to feeling better?" I hear you ask, saucer-eyed. You might even add, "Legace might help us in the short-term, but for our long-term interests we need to give Pavelec a shot."
Well. We have actual NHL regular season games to win in the short-term. Legace would have given us a better chance of winning early in the season and not getting bogged down in losing streak after losing streak. I'm NOT saying that's what's going to happen with Pavelec as our main man--we simply don't know what's going to happen--but I think we can be reasonably sure that Legace is a bit more dependable as a starter. And given the history of this team, it's understandable that people are worried.
Needless to say, there wouldn't be as much freaking out if it weren't for that 5-1 loss on Sunday. Maybe the problem is Sunday games; the Thrashers have never been good at those. In fact, I'VE never been good at those. Always tired and dull-feeling...and I think I infect the team with my lethargy. Yes, THAT'S the ticket! From now on I stay away from Sunday games; we'll win every one.