Wednesday, March 16, 2005

So long Salo

Has any one goal forced a goalie into premature retirement any more than when Belarus boinked a puck off Tommy Salo's head?

It's not like Salo was exactly Red-Light Racicot before The Goal. So how could one bad—and I mean bad—bounce affect his performance so much?

Perhaps we'll never know.



At 11:50 p.m., March 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, being an Oilers fan I remember watching the Salo meltdown against Belarus and thinking "there goes the season."

After the game an interviewer tried to give him an out, suggesting that maybe the light got in his eyes, but to his credit Salo didn't make any excuses and just said he missed it.

But that really was the beginning of the end: although he played well in stretches, he started to let in terrible goals for the Oilers, usually from the point and especially at the worst times (like right after the Oilers would score to tie a game, for instance). It's quite likely that he just never lived that goal down, or maybe his reputed marital problems affected his play. Either way something mentally fell apart. This is, afterall, the goalie who once cried during arbitration with the Islanders.

I just wish the Oilers had done the honorable thing and let him go 2 years ago. He was a great goalie for awhile, but the bad goals he let in last year just killed the team. Last season Ethan Moreau all but said in a Edmonton Sun interview that it was better he was gone, which is a sad legacy to be left behind.

At 10:14 p.m., March 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, I hate to say it, but this is stupid. I went and checked his save percentage for the games after the Olympics in 2001-02, and it was .930. His save percentage for that season was .913, so he was considerably better after the Olympics. I'd say his struggles are more properly attributed to injuries and age.


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