By Mike Griffith
Californian Staff Writer
The Bakersfield Californian
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – It’s certainly an unusual move, but right now Condors coach Marty Raymond is content to juggle three goaltenders on his roster.
Third-year pro Davis Parley has earned the No. 1 spot and, despite the presence of L.A. Kings rookie prospect Ryan Munce, fellow rookie Ryan Cyr will be making his pro debut this weekend in Anchorage. Munce was placed on the 7-day injured reserve list on Monday, allowing him to fully heal from a slight injury.
“Cyr has worked hard in practice and deserves a shot (to play) so we’ll give him that shot,” Raymond said. “I think he’s established himself as an ECHL goalie.”
A year ago Raymond was in a very similar position. He had a No. 1 goaltender — Randy Petruk — and two talented rookies. One of those rookies was L.A. Kings prospect Yutaka Fukufuji.
Raymond wrangled with the idea of keeping a third goaltender last season, by use of injured reserve, but cut Sean Fields loose just before the season started. Petruk was injured three weeks into the season and suddenly the Condors were hurting at goaltender.
Fukufuji eventually became the No. 1 as Petruk was never the same following the injury. And Fields? He ended up in the Central Hockey League before landing back in the ECHL with Gwinnett where he’s emerged at the No. 1 goaltender.
So it’s understandable that Raymond wants to hang onto three goaltenders for as long a possible.
“It’s no big deal now,” Raymond said of going with three goaltenders. “Munce had a bit of an injury so this gives him a good week to work hard. But it’s tough to keep three goaltenders all year.”
Tough for a numbers of reasons, not the least being that no goaltender wants to be spending week after week or month after month on IR just as an insurance policy.
For now, Raymond said the Kings are content to allow Munce to get ready to play. But the Kings did not send Munce to Bakersfield to be the odd goaltender out.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Raymond said of having to eventually get down to two goaltenders. “They’re all good goaltenders. They know what’s happening.”