Forty games are gone, the Maple Leafs don't have a definitive starting goaltender, and Denis Potvin thinks that's just fine. In fact, he thinks more teams should look at splitting the 82-game schedule up, the way his New York Islanders did when he they won four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980s, rather than riding one goalie. "I think a lot of NHL teams are finding out they've been wrong," said Potvin, one of the greatest defenceman to ever play. "Billy Smith never played more than 50 games in any of the seasons we won the Cup. You don't have to have a definitive No. 1 during the season if you have two goalies who can play. Then you can run one — the hot guy — in the playoffs." Smith won four consecutive Stanley Cups for the New York Islanders — yep the Islanders once did that, kids — after splitting time in the season with Chico Resch. Grant Fuhr won four Stanley Cups for the Edmonton Oilers, splitting a lot of his time during the regular season with Andy Moog.
Goalies sharing starts not all that bad
Toronto Sun | Jan 18