Key 3: Assume nothing has been decided until the season is over
This season is already proving to be chaotic for Chicago, and it hasn’t even started yet. It should be assumed that until the dust has settled on 2020-21, nothing is final. The same goes for the competition among the goalies.
Delia is going to be in the mix with basically every goalie in the organization. Most likely, it’s going to come down to him and Subban, but there’s no reason to think that Lankinen or Tomkins will be left out of the equation. And that’s only the goalies in Chicago.
Bowman may be looking elsewhere for a starter anyway. It’s his job, and no one should expect anything less from him. Whatever decision is made has to be one that is best for the team.
Then there’s the impending expansion draft. Delia might have an incredible year and end up in Seattle. There’s no telling how this is all going to shake out.
All Delia can do is go out and play as well as he’s able. He’ll need to put the distractions aside, and simply focus on doing what he can to keep his team in every game. Everything else is just the details.
Aside from Delia, Malcolm Subban has the best chance of taking the reins as Chicago’s starter. However, this year won’t really matter because both goalies will likely be dueling for the position. While Subban has more experience in the NHL, Delia has more experience in Chicago and has demonstrated a positive progression during his time with the team. Hopefully, the two players push each other to step up their respective games, and the entire team benefits from the competition.