It took longer than many thought, but Dan Bylsma has announced that Jonathan Quick will start in-goal on Thursday. This choice may be as simple as youth over age, however Quick does have better numbers so far this season.
Quick is fully capable of leading team USA this year. Having Miller as a back up is perfect for USA Hockey. If Quick slips up there an all world goaltender to take his place. Puck Daddy had this to say.
Quick is the type of goaltender that can win a tournament on his own if he’s locked in. And if he falters, you have a silver medalist ready to come in from the bullpen. Bylsma told me that wasn’t a factor in the decision, but it’s impossible not to think having the veteran backup isn’t Bylsma’s preference.
Looking at Miller and Quick’s numbers alone wont ease Miller’s pain, but Quick does have the better numbers. To be fair Quick has played less, and is playing behind a better NHL team. But, sometime it comes down to numbers.
16-13-2 with a 2.18 GAA and .911 save percentage
14-22-3 with a 2.74 GAA and .923 save percentage
As the Olympic Tournament moves forward all that will matter is the USA getting on the medal podium. Hopefully if called upon Miller’s head wont get in the way. He does have a history of getting in his own way. In Miller’s defense this season he hasn’t had that problem. Miller proved during the Vancouver games he could handle the worlds best. Foxnews.com has more.
Miller was named the most valuable player of the 2010 Olympic tournament, ending the competition in Vancouver with a .946 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.35
Lets let this sink in, remember it’s about the name on the front of the jersey; not the name on the back. For USA Hockey it’s about winning. Sorry Miller it’s just business.