Senators General Manager John Muckler laid out the word today, Patrick Lalime is the organizations go to guy for the 2004 Stanley Cup chase. Muckler addressed the media in Ottawa, to advise that the team will not be trading before the March 9 deadline to replace Lalime. A message he also delivered personally to Lalime, in a private meeting prior to talking to the press.
Acknowledging that Patrick has been struggling of late, Muckler said that the team planned on increasing his work load down the stretch to prepare him for the playoffs. Saying that he had complete faith in Lalime, he dismissed the media rumblings about his goaltender as troublemakers with nothing better to do.
The puck is Patrick's to stop, with the message delivered loud and clear, look for his team mates to increase their efforts to help their goaltender. A solid message delivered by Muckler today, one which tells his team, this is the team that can go to the Cup, time to get down to work!