Ask around the league and you might be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't believe Anders Lindback will be a top goalie.

He's just not there yet. And really, that shouldn't be unexpected.

There is little doubt Lindback has let in some goals he would like to have back, and getting beat to the short side as a 6-foot-6 netminder is starting to become a troubling trend. But any expectations that he would step right into the No. 1 role were falsely placed, and they didn't come from inside the organization, which from the start insisted the belief was that Lindback would become a No. 1 goaltender but he was not entering the season in that role.

But let's face it, the goaltending carousel since Nikolai Khabibulin left the door open in 2005-06 has whirled goalies in and out at such breakneck speed that it's almost too hard to keep track of who has been here and who hasn't. Fans want somebody — anybody — to step into what has been a black hole and stabilize the position. The next guy up for that role was Lindback when he was acquired from Nashville in June.