After playing 3 full seasons in North America, it is time for Markstrom to move from highly touted prospect to full time goalie. His numbers have not been overwhelming in the NHL so far, and now the job seems to be his by default. Clemmensen is a career backup. The only advantage they have is they combine for only $2.4M in cap space. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
If size mattered, they would be #1 by a long shot, but GM Steve Yzerman has taken a chance on potential in consecutive years. Lindback didn’t live up to expectations last season, and Bishop’s numbers tailed off after joining the Lightning. Maybe its the system they play, not giving the goalies a ton of help, but one of these two giants needs to sieze the opportunity and become a true #1.