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Should the Penguins look at a new backup goalie?

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For the Penguins, backup goalie has never been a position that has been filled consistently. From Steve Garon to Thomas Vokoun to Jeff Zatkoff, nobody seems to hold the position for more than a year. Backing-up Marc-Andre Fleury this season is none other then Thomas Greiss. The German has played in 13 games this season, with six wins. He has a disappointing .906 save percentage, and a 2.88 goals against average. Unless he improves, I see no reason why the Penguins should keep him.

In Greiss's most recent start, the Penguins won in a shootout against the Ottawa
Senators. Not without struggle, though. Despite having a 3-0 at one point in the game, the Pens let Ottawa storm back to tie it at four. Greiss made many important saves, including a Bobby Ryan penalty shot. But in the third period, he collapsed. After a Pittsburgh goal made it 4-2, the Senators scored two goals in less than 30 seconds to tie it. Greiss should not ever collapse like that, and even though some goals weren't his fault, he can't let something like that happen.

Although Greiss could improve, the Penguins should be searching for a better option behind Fleury. The Pens have more important matters on their hands, but they can't go into the very important stretch run with a weak backup goalie.

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  1. Happy Gilmore's Avatar
    As long as they have a top notch #1, which they do, having a solid back up is the least of the concerns.

    If they dig, i am sure they could land a serviceable back up, but with MAF landing at least 70 starts per season, it's not really a pressing need.

    Besides, won't be long until Jarry is knocking on the door.
  2. Harrison Hamm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Gilmore
    As long as they have a top notch #1, which they do, having a solid back up is the least of the concerns.

    If they dig, i am sure they could land a serviceable back up, but with MAF landing at least 70 starts per season, it's not really a pressing need.

    Besides, won't be long until Jarry is knocking on the door.
    Yeah, you're right. But Fleury shouldn't have to log 70 starts. That's a huge workload. And while Tristan Jarry and Eric Hartzell wait in the minors, the Pens would like somebody that could take over for Fleury if need be. And, with Fleury's playoff struggles, it would be nice to have somebody that can come in and play well, and I don't think Greiss would be able to do that. Of course, this is the least of their worries with how they have been playing recently.
  3. Manning's Avatar
    I'll never understand why the pens didn't just stay with Zatkoff. He's more than capable and much less expensive than Griess.