Sunday, October 22, 2006

Theodore 'Noose'

After Jose Theodore's not so heroic effort in his return to Montreal on Saturday night, you have to wonder what the immediate future holds for him in Colorado, or even the NHL for that matter. Theodore started well for the Avs that game, but proceeded to allow 8 goals against down the stretch, the most goals against him in one game in his career. The real meltdown occurred half way through the 3rd period with the score tied 5-5. Theodore allowed 3 goals in a span of 3 minutes.
Talk about saving your worst for the best time. The fans in Montreal jeered and taunted him the whole game. The thousands....and thousands in attendance chanted his name to get him off his game. Must have been a shot to the nerves.
Alot of people are wondering if Jose should have got the start in the first place. The Avs were on a roll with Peter Budaj in net. But now we know where Jose stands under pressure, and it ain't pretty.
He now has a 2-3-1 record with a 3.68 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. Peter Budaj, smelling opportunity, is 1-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
At some point you have to wonder if Theodore is ever going to regain his Hart Trophy form. My guess is no way Jose. He has been given enough chances. At a $5.5 million price tag, how much patience do the Avalanche brass have with him? Even if he fails, who in their right mind would ever take this guy on via trade?
It all adds up to Jose's NHL career coming to an early ending, or at the very least a huge risk of that happening. I know coach Joel Quenneville defended his goalie after the game.

"Power plays put them back into the game, so it wasn't the goalie's fault."

That is true in part, but Jose didn't look too sharp as the game went on, did he?
Theodore had this to say:
"After the first couple of saves I felt good and the whole first period I felt great. But it was a power-play kind of game tonight."

You have to think that somewhere inside, Quenneville's patience is running out, and the clock is ticking on Theodore's time as a #1 goalie in the NHL.
For perspective of the game from an Avalanche fan, visit Tapeleg.

4 Comments:

At October 22, 2006 at 8:47 PM , Blogger reality check said...

Did he blame the hair in his eyes for the Rivet goal? Nothing can excuse that!

Don't mistake that comment for Habfan-like snarliness - I always liked Theo quite alot - but there comes a time when excuses just don't fly anymore.

I actually found the fans chanting of "Theo, Theo" at the beginning of the game to be a sort of "we remember what you did for us" type of apprecition. It was harder to tell as the game when on and the score changed. Had the Avs gone on to win and Theo be named a star, I'm sure an overwhelmingly supportive applause would have awaited him.

I should do a post on him detailing his fall from grace sometimes soon.

Did anyone notice that they played Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind" a number of times during the evening?

That's what I heard. I wouldn't know the song if I heard it though. Funny notion, even the DJ has a vendetta!

The booing of Brisebois came straight from the cheapseats as usual. It's likely none of the fans booing knew or cared that he donated $50,000 that morning to an area children's hospital. Brisebois was a proud Hab and constant whipping boy in Montreal. His nonchalant attitude and his trip to Paris during a rehab stint will never be forgotten.

Only 3 Habs never booed remain Rocket, Beliveau and Lafleur. No need to ask why.

 
At October 22, 2006 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No kidding!
I think it was the Paris Hilton songs that screwed up Jose perhaps! lol! Funny stuff!

 
At October 22, 2006 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Thanks for what is as close to 'equal time' as the Avs are likely to get.

I hate that I am an Avs fan, and still don't like Theo. The whole love-the-team-but-ignore-the-player never sits right with me. I have never, and will never like the trade that sent Abby to the Habs. If Theo does well for the Avs, then good for the Avs, but if he sucks, then fuck him and get him out. It's that simple. So wehn someone picks on the Avs or me for Theo, don't bother. He is an idiot, and I'm fine with that.

As for Theo and his future. Expect him to stay for the rest of his contract. Lacroix is not one to admit a mistake. If anything, I think I am the most honest Avs blogger, and often fan, out there. The first period was amazing hockey. If the Avs could do that all the time, they would be fine. But the goalie is an idiot. I have no shame in that.

R/C: Booing anyone is stupid. Who pays that much money for that cheap of a ride?

 
At October 22, 2006 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well it is no secret that Montreal fans are the most cruel!
They are even more cruel to goalies than Canuck fans are.
All I'm saying, TL, is that the Avs may as well ride Budaj out as long as possible, and unfortunately (at his pricetag) make Theodore the back up.
I have liked the play of Aebischer as well. I used to mock you for your admiration of him, but he's humbling Huet in Montreal isn't he?
Theodore I could care less about. I don't like mediocre players with inflated salaries.

 

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