I was going to just throw together the usual spiel that's reserved for these podcasts, but I feel compelled to say something about the state of the Senators goaltending. Unlike some fans or bloggers, I'm not ready to throw Pascal Leclaire's career under the bus...yet.
After allowing 2 goals in the first period, Leclaire was given the hook by Cory Clouston after just seven minutes of play. Were the goals his fault? In my opinion no. Like Brian Elliott's start against the Rangers, I thought that this was another occurrence of the team playing poorly in front of the netminder.
But I'm not privy to the vantage points of the coaching staff. Maybe they didn't like what they saw. Ian Mendes Tweeted this Clouston was asked why he pulled Lecaire instead of calling a timeout to settle things down: "We made the right decision," he said.
Right decision or not. If the coach's confidence in Leclaire is this low, I can't help but wonder why the organization refused to send Leclaire to Binghamton on a conditioning assignment to rebuild his confidence and get him some ice-time.
At this point, Elliott deserves the number one starter's job and there's no point in keeping Leclaire on the bench. He needs to play. He needs to stop the puck. He needs the repetitions to eliminate the bad habits that he's developed by relying on his athleticism.
Anyways, I digress. The podcast. Ah, yes.
So last night, we recorded a podcast for the website. For awhile now, Tim's being pushing me to open up the phone line and field some calls from the readers. With the date of the NHL trade deadline coinciding with our studio time, Tim figured it was the opportune time to get some insightful commentary from our readers. To be honest, I was a bit reluctant to agree to the idea and it took some convincing but I do have to say, I was blown away by the calls that we had last night. It was good conversation and I hope that it prompts more of our readers to leave comments or send emails in the future.
I'd like to thank our readers -- Francois, Josh, Shawn and DHS -- for coming on the podcast last night and making it a success.
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Here's the tracklist for the podcast: Curtis Mayfield Move On Up; The Soft Pack Answer To Yourself; Samiam She Found You; The Professionals Kick Down the Door; Titus Andronicus Richard II; The Eels Gone Man; and The Nerves One Way Ticket.