By Danny Picard
BOSTON — The “Trade Tuukka” crowd needs to go away. It’s a tired act.
Though, in fairness, it’s the only thing making me comment on the Boston Bruins right now. There’s a lot going on in this town at the moment. The Patriots are 10-2, the Celtics are must-see TV, and things are about to heat up for the Red Sox with the Winter Meetings next week.
We expect great things from those three teams. For the Bruins, the understanding is that there have been some major injuries and there will be some more growing pains from younger players, so the expectations are being kept somewhat realistic.
But perhaps the biggest improvement for the B’s this season has come from their backup goaltender. Yes, I said “backup” goaltender, because that’s what Anton Khudobin is.
Chances are, somebody will be offended by the term “backup” here. They’ll point to Khudobin’s 7-1-2 record, his 2.53 goals-against average, and his .922 save percentage. And instead of using his solid performance to portray a more effective goaltending situation than the team had last year, they’ll turn to a struggling Tuukka Rask and call for his head. And when it’s handed to them on a black-and-gold spoked platter, they’ll bend the knee to Khudobin.
It’s borderline insane.