NHL On TSN Quiz: Which goalie should Montreal re-sign?

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3/31/2010 10:23:22 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

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Question #1: If you were Canadiens' GM Pierre Gauthier, which impending restricted free agent goalie would you sign for the long term - Jaroslav Halak, Carey Price, or both?

Ray Ferraro: Touch choice, but I'm going to go with Jaroslav Halak. I like Halak's demeanour. He never seems to get too high, he never seems to get too low, and that's important playing in such a pressure filled city as Montreal. He's shown he can handle the load. The third point for me is that I think Carey Price brings a bigger bounty.

Bob McKenzie: I'm going to say both and I'm going to find the money somehow, as difficult as that may be. For the very reason that as much as you want to trade Carey Price right now, I don't think his market value is as high as it needs to be. As far as Halak goes, he's proven that he's the number one goaltender this year, haven't seen him in the playoffs yet and the jury is still out a little bit on him.

Bob Clarke: I think Halak. I think he's a little older and a little more consistent than Price is at this time. Certainly Price can get to that level of consistency but for me right now he's not there.

Question #2: Who is the frontrunner for the Norris Trophy - Drew DoughtyMike Green, Duncan Keith, or Shea Weber?

McKenzie: Gotta give Mike Green of the Washington Capitals some love here. I know he didn't play on the Olympic team, and he shouldn't be penalized for that because Keith and Doughty looked so good at the Olympics it's going to be an uphill battle. But 18 goals, 72 points, plus-34, nine even strength goals. At some point in time you have to give the guy his due. Best defenceman in the league this year. 

Clarke: The Norris Trophy winner should be the best defensive defenceman in the game and at offence and for me that's Doughty in Los Angeles. He's going to be the next Ray Bourque.

Ferraro: I'm going to go with Mike Green. I think there is a cumulative effect to Green. This is the second year in a row that he's put up huge numbers offensively. I felt that Duncan Keith was the front runner a little bit earlier, but minus-9 since the Olympic break has pulled him back to the pack. I think Mike Green is the winner.

Question #3: Last week we picked the Comeback Player of the Year; this week we ask who is the Falldown Player of the Year - Jay Bouwmeester, Brad Boyes, Tim Thomas, or Todd White?

Clarke: I think Bouwmeester. He should have stayed in Florida, he obviously can't play under the pressure of playing in a Canadian city. In Florida, no pressure and he was outstanding, in Calgary just average.

McKenzie: I'll say Thomas. Vezina Trophy winner, first-team all-star, terrific numbers and now a backup to Tuukka Rask and didn't play very well against the Buffalo Sabres the other night. He wasn't even happy about getting pulled and suggested that he did play well. It's pretty bad  when you're not playing well and he's not prepared to admit that right now either.

Ferraro: I'm going to go with Jay Bouwmeester. They acquired him to be an offensive guy, but when the heat turned on Bouwmeester last year at the trade deadline he just had two goals in his last 18 games. He has three this year. For $6 million you need far more than that and Bouwmeester hasn't provided it.

Question #4: Slap Shot is in the news with the announcement the Johnstown Chiefs are moving from Pennsylvania to Greenville, S.C. Which team in NHL history comes closest to matching the Charlestown Chiefs' movie record for fighting - Philadelphia (1972-82), Detroit (1984-89), or Chicago (1987-94)?

McKenzie: There is only one answer and it's the Broad Street Bullies. The whole pre-text of Slap Shot would not have been possible if it were not for Bob Clarke and all his buddies. They were cultural icons in the 1970's, mayhem on ice.

Ferraro: The legacy that the Flyers left is one thing, but I would say the Blackhawks. I had to play against that team in that dirty old dingy Chicago Stadium and they scared the heck out of you.

Clarke: The Flyers. They did it for years.

Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price (Photo: Scott Cunningham/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Scott Cunningham/NHLI via Getty Images)
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