Sorting through the debris field, sifting through the rubble, of a season gone wrong. That's how last spring was spent hereabouts.
Fairly or not, in the post-apocalyptic autopsying of 2015-2016, the goaltending trident of Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio absorbed a double-barrelled brunt of the blame blast.
Withering scrutiny is part and parcel with the job, naturally.
No grey areas exist with goalies.
When things go swimmingly, expect a confetti shower. When things flag, brace yourself to be blamed for all the ills of the world:
Pesitilence. Famine. Drought. Plague. Inflation. The inexplicable rise of Donald Trump. The Brangelina break-up.
You name it.
Cue Brian Elliott, acquired from the St. Louis with much fanfare to help the Calgary Flames reach the gates of prosperity once more.