I'd be legitimately frightened of Pittsburgh if it wasn't for Fleury. If he has another bad Spring, they might be out goalie hunting or stop gapping for a year. I might want to lock up CS a year early if i were Lou.
Funny thing about that is the question we'd all like to see answered (Can Cory be the kind of goalie that can play 60+ games as a clearly-defined #1?) won't be...not this season, anyway. Cory probably gets 45 starts, tops, and Marty's already survived two multiple-game stretches of poor play, and DeBoer clearly favors him, so Marty is going to have to really fall apart and Cory is going to have to play at the top of his game just to get to 45 starts or so. So the big question is does Lou offer Cory a contract based on what he is, or what he thinks he can be? We all think Cory can be a successful 60+ start-per-season guy, but we don't have proof of it yet.
re: Fleury...yeah, one more bad spring and it will be interested to see what the Penguins do. Even with his bad springs, he's been a pretty good and durable goalie for the Penguins for a while now...yeah, he is definitely propped up by playing for a top team, but guys who can stay healthy, make a lot of starts, and give you good play in the net aren't easy to find. Sabermetric-minded types will tell you that Fleury's recent playoff follies all represent small samples, and will point to 2007-08 as fact that Fleury CAN get it done and raise his game when the stakes are higher. My counter to that would be with some guys, once the failures become annual, does it start to mess with certain people's heads? Fleury has now had four very weak postseasons in a row...does that weigh on his mind this postseason, and does he start feeling pressure that adversely affects his play? Does a bad start or two to begin the postseason put him in "Here we go again!" mode? Especially when he knows he's going to start hearing about it from the fans and reading about it and being asked questions about it?