Team USA Goalie: Is the job Miller's to lose?
Dan Bylsma has chosen Team USA's starting goalie...but he's not saying who. Time for some wild speculation!
File this one deep in the "Are we reading too much into this? Ah, screw it." file - you do have one, right? - because today we may have gotten the first clue as to who will be starting in goal for Team USA when they open their Olympic tournament play on Thursday:
Bylsma has chosen the #USA goalie, but won't reveal it. FWIW, Ryan Miller talked to media today. Jonathan Quick walked right past. #Sochi— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 10, 2014
This tweet from Mark Lazerus, who covers the Blackhawks for the Chicago Sun-Times, would seem to indicate that Ryan Miller will at least get the first crack at the starting job, that is, if you don't mind reading waaaay to much into a tweet about a non-interview about a position that the coach won't speak about. But if that's not what Twitter was invented for, then what are we all doing here anyway?
While we should know more in the next day or two, it would certainly come as no surprise to see Miller get the first crack between the pipes, as the long-time veteran netminder not only has the epxerience of carrying an Olympic team on his back, but has also stepped up his game significantly this season on the NHL's worst team.
Jonathan Quick has been playing well since returning from injury, and has been penciled in to this job since leading the Kings to the Stanley Cup. LA does play a very goalie-friendly system, however, and Quick's backups (and their backups) have also put up excellent numbers in his stead, while Miller has had to deal with a train-wreck in front of him just about every night while still putting up numbers that, at least this season, trump Quick's.
What do you think, Sabres fans, can we take this as a sign that Miller has moved in to the lead in this two horse race, or are you not convinced?
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