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Goaltending Uncertainty

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Semyon Varlamov is playing well.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere is playing well.

This is not a bad "problem" to have, but is something that needs to be addressed.

Gone are the days when the Avs had to decide who they'd rather lose with; Jose Theodore or Peter Budaj, Brian Elliot or Peter Budaj. This starting goalie dilemma is of a positive nature. The future is extremely bright for SV, but that doesn't necessarily make him the best option for the playoff push down the stretch. Whereas SV has been extremely streaky/inconsistent, JSG has been here, done that, and would probably be the "safer" choice to start the majority of the remaining season.

However, this is a young team, probably not yet a contender to hoist the Big Silver trophy come June. Perhaps it would be best to allow Varly to play-out the rest of the season (with the occasional breather of course) and give him that first taste of sustained playoff action, win-or-lose?

Of course, there is always the scenario in which the 2002-2003 Minnesota Wild displayed, much to the dismay of Avs fans.

They too, had no surefire starter, weren't taken seriously as Cup contenders...and somehow ended up in the Western Conference Finals. Neither Dwayne Roloson, nor Manny Fernandez had spectacular seasons, but whenever one began to lose confidence in himself, the other stepped in and elevated the competitive level of the whole team.

So which scenario makes most sense for this team, as the regular season comes to a close?

Goaltending Uncertainty; not a bad problem at all.

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