Originally Posted by I.C. Lights
A couple questions for hockey experts out there:
1. Do the Pens have a goalie controversy?
2. If so, is it a bad thing like a QB controversy would be in football?
1. No. Fleury is the starter and Thibault is the backup - there is no questioning that. Michel Therrien simply wants good, consistent play in goal, and let's be honest, Fleury hasn't given him that in recent weeks. So Thibault has seen more action as a result, and has played well for the most part. He was very good last night in the shutout of the Devils, in fact. But down the stretch and going into the postseason, Fleury is the man, not to mention the future of the organization in goal. Don't be surprised, though, if Therrien pulls Fleury if he doesn't perform in the playoffs - he has done it before at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Therrien will do whatever he has to in order to win.
2. It's only a bad thing if one or the other takes it personally. In this case, Fleury is used to being called out by Therrien, so therefore he does not take it personally and understands that it's simply a kick in the rear-end to get him focused again. There were rumblings early in the season that Thibault wasn't being happy being a backup and wanted to be a starter, but those have since quieted down, especially since they started their great run. He's been saying the right things in the media and has been a good teammate, helping Fleury when needed while working hard himself to be ready when his number is called.
Hope that answers your questions!