USA goalies for W Cup

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  1. hockey_in_hel*

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    Who will be the goalies for Team U.S.A in the World Cup?????I'm going to go with Robert Esche, John Grahame, and Ty Conklin!

    The reason why I don't say Mike Dunham: He hasn't played very well this season, and has been awful in the World Championships this year! :shakehead
     
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    If it were starting tomorrow:

    Starter: Robert Esche
    Backup: Rick DiPietro
    Backup: Mike Dunham
     
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    I concur
     
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    Dunham was inconsistent this year and has played great at the World Championships. I don't know what games you've been watching. As for who should be on the World Cup squad, I also agree with Mobey.
     
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    John Grahame's numbers this season were awesome and Tampa wouldn't have finished first in the East had he not stepped in and done such a good job while Khabibulin was struggling. That being said, he isn't playing right now. I assume Team USA management will put a premium on big game experience. That means playoff games (especially 3rd round and finals) and World Championship sudden-death games.

    Using that formula you'd have to give the nod to Robert Esche and Mike Dunham right now. As for no.3, it's anyone's guess. Personally I like the idea of giving the no.3 job to a young up-and-coming goalie that can soak up the experience of just being around the best players in the world - a goalie touted as the eventual 'next one' to hopefully one day replace Mike Richter's heroics. Of all the young American goalies out there, I think DiPietro is the consensus 'next one'.
     
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    Why not take Ryan Miller as the third guy?
     
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    Why? I'd rather have a young guy like DiPietro that's actually played well at the NHL level than a prospect like Miller. IMO he'll be a good one, but the U.S.'s depth isn't that dire that he's needed.
     
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    I agree kind of. I think they will let Esche and DiPietro compete for the #1 job.
     
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