Saturday, February 21, 2009

Weekes Is Stronger Link

With the Marty Brodeur's probable return on Thursday and the trade deadline nearing on March 4th, the Devils will have to make a decision on who will be the back-up for the remainder of the season.

At first glance everyone might say it will be Clemmensen for all that he has done this year, but of late Weekes has made his stand that he wants to be here for the remainder of the season. In his last 5 starts Weekes in 5-0-0 allowing only 7 goals for a 1.37 GAA. The veteran goalie has stopped 153 of 160 shots for an out of this world .956 save percentage. Weekes has stood on his head and won some games by himself, like this past Thursday where his marvelous saves kept the Devils in the game against the Lightning and eventually came back to defeat them in the shootout 3-2.

On the other side, we have Scott Clemmensen who had two straight shutouts, but take those games away and he has struggled. In his last eight starts Clemmensen is 5-3-0 with a 2.75 GAA and a .899 save percentage. If you take away the two shutouts, Clemmensen's numbers dive into the piss poor range. Without the shutouts his GAA is 3.67 and a pathetic .863 save percentage. In each of those games he has given up at least 3 goals.

The most probable option will be that one of the goalies will end up on waivers, as both lack the trade value,are UFA at year's end and Clemmensen, who has a two-way contract, will probably reject a return to Lowell. If it was right now if you were Lamiriello and Sutter you would have to stay with Weekes at this point., He has been the better goalie of late and more experience and professionalism as being a back-up goalie.


jdr30 said...

Yes. I bet "Lamiriello" has a tough decision to make.

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