Looking for No. 1

However Ottawa’s goalie dilemma resolves itself, coach Cory Clouston wants someone to emerge as the No. 1 goalie.

Looking for No. 1
However Ottawa’s goalie dilemma resolves itself, coach Cory Clouston wants someone to emerge as the No. 1 goalie.
He can’t see splitting the 82-game schedule down the middle and handing half to Leclaire and the other half to Elliott. That arrangement just never works.
“I’d prefer a starter, for sure – I’ve said that from Day 1,” Clouston said Wednesday.
“I want someone to come up and say ‘This job is mine and I want as many games as possible.’
“We want someone to step up and outplay the other. We want a healthy competition. We want someone to say ‘This is my job. This is my No. 1 spot.’
“We don’t have an established guy of the last 10 years that we know we can count on for 70-plus games.
“We have two goalies we think can be that. We have two goalies we think can push each other.
“For one thing, Pascal has had a lot of injuries. He just hasn’t had the consistency of a four- or five-year stretch where he’s been able to play 65, 70 games.
“And Brian’s still a young guy developing and maturing.
“I think somebody’s going to step up, but I don’t have a crystal ball.”

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