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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Area #1 to address for the Bruins

First of all the Bruins need to target a goalie. You can't expect Tim Thomas to play every game. The games he played you knew the team didn't have a chance to win. There are only a couple of goalies that can play 65 plus games in the NHL and not be burn out. One of them being Martin Brodeur and there is no way the Devils will deal him. I expect the Bruins to go after a goalie. The prized goalie this offseason will be JS Giguere, however he will be asking for a ton of money. He comes with plenty of experence including the MVP of the playoffs, he also put up a 2.26 GAA and a .918 SP with 36-10-8 and 4 SO's this year. After Giguere there is a huge drop in talent which I expect less money to be through at them. A goalie such as Niklas Backstrom who has taken over the reigns in net for Minnesota. Remeber last year it was the great play of Manny Frenandez made DeWayne Roloson expendable. Backstorm this year 23-8-6 with a 1.97 GAA and a .929 SP and 5 SO's. The 29 year olds numbers might be scewed because of the tight defensive style of the Wild. Fallowing Backstorm is a guy who played the majority of the games with the Habs is David Aebischer. The Swiss goalie was splitting time with Cristobal Huet before getting hurt. Aebischer is also 29 went 13-12-3 with a 3.17 GAA and a .900 SP. With the strong play of Huet and Jaroslav Halak; Aebischer will be looking for a new home. Wade Dubielewicz who some of you may not know was going to be Ricky D's backup on Long Island before Garth Snow retired and gave the backup job to his college roomate Mike Dunham. Dubielewicz spent most of the season playing in Bridgeport, Ct for the Soundcats of the AHL this season, going 22-12-5 with 2.69 GAA and .923 SP and 2 SO's. Only getting called up due to DiPietro's concussion. Dubielewicz ended up putting the Islanders on his back and into the playoffs going 4-1 down the strech 2.06 GAA and .934 SP. Dubielewicz also played game one against the Sabers, look for him to have a new address next year; with Ricky D's long contact and Dunham still on the books. LA Kings young goalie Mathieu Garon could be finding a new home. The 29 year old went 13-10-6 with a 2.66 GAA, .907 SP, and 2 SO's. Garon lost alot of ice time with the Kings bringing in Danny Cloutier 24 games and Sean Burke 23 games (also a UFA). Garon went from playing 63 games in the 05-06 season to almost half in 06-07 with 32. Garon also becomes expendable with the great play from the Manchester Monarchs goalie Jason Labarbera who went 39-20-1 with 2.21 GAA, .933 SP, and 7 So's. There are also a handful of veteran goalies out their Sean Burke who may have seen the last of his days. Eddie Belfour who later this week will be 42. Belfour did put up some decent numbers this year 27-17-10, 2.77 GAA, .902 SP. Could help a team out playing limited games (could be ideal for the Bruins if they can't get anyone above). Belfour would also be alot cheaper if the Bruins were to get 2 good forwards. Curtis Joseph better know as Cujo is around I don't expect him to be picked up until training camp or even after that. Jocelyn Thibault will be a UFA but I don't see him leaving Pittsburgh in an ideal situation for him. Good young talent and tutor young goaltender Flurey. Then thier is Kevin Weeks who only played 14 games this season. I'm almost positive the Rangers will let him go and bring in one of their younger goalies to backup Ludquist. Such as Steve Valiquette or Al Montoya. Don't forget the Rangers used it's 6th overall pick in 2004 to take Montoya.



Source: Hockeydb

11 Comments:

Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

Good post! A few guys not mentioned, were, McLennan, Lalime, Esche, Markkanen, Dunham, Hasek, Holmqvist, and Theodore if the Avs buy him out like expected.
Holmqvist is playing great for Tampa, but is still a back up and would look great platooning with Thomas. Dunham and his 500,000 salary would fit nicely as well.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Walshie said...

I wouldn't want any of them. That's why I didn't mention them. Holmqvist I don't like because of his rebound control. Dunham is a bum he got beaten out and isn't even dressing, in the PLAYOFFS! The guys I mentioned in the Post Dunham couldn't carry their jock. The one guy I didn't mention who I would like is Hasek, but I don't see him coming to Boston.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

Holmqvist seems to be playing well againt NJ right now, but then again, it could just be a streak. I agree, I don't see Hasek coming here, but he would look good for a year or two with Thomas until we see if Rask is the real deal. As for Dunham, I think he just hasn't been given an honest chance. He played well with NY, but still I think he is more of a backup. And Theodore is a question mark. We are talking about a guy, that just 3 years ago was suppose to be the next Roy! I wonder if he could rebound, if given an honest shot? Especially in the East where he could play against the team who gave up on him.
But overall, I just named the few guys who were not mentioned. Your post was very well done.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

Rask for sure but don't rules out Toivonen. I wish that Thomas will be dealt elsewhere and that the B's will make a strong push to acquire a real #1. Thomas is a good backup and nothing more. To have between the pies for another year will only mean misery...

6:23 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Great post, I think most Bruins fans can agree that if they could sign one top FA, it would most likely be Drury or Giguere.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

latrappe= number one tim thomas fan.

2:51 AM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

Giguere yes! Drury no! I'd rather go for a Selanne, Shannahan, Kariya or Hartnell.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous cahill said...

If we are all in agreement that Rask is the future then PC cannot go out and sign a player like Giguere or Backstrom. They would eiother command too much money or too long of a contract. in a few year we would be talking about the same issue, but with more expensive players holding up Rask. Thomas will be fine splitting time with another goalie for the remaining two years of his contract. Good bye Hannu...take you inconsistant, butterfly style somewhere else. If we can get Belfour (now that his personal issues have sealed his fate in Florida), Joseph, Dunham or Burke to bridge the gap until Rask is ready. Any of these guys would be cheap for a year or two.

And for those who want to sign Kasek - you are nuts. He plays the same out of control style as Thomas. You are complaining about Thomas being out of control and position imagine if Hasek were in goal throwing himself all over the crease. Within 10 games you would be calling for him to change his style.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

latrappe= number one tim thomas fan.

Timmy would probably want this to happend but it won't :-). It's not a like or dislike thing. You look at the hard facts and the B's need better goaltending...

10:59 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

You are complaining about Thomas being out of control and position imagine if Hasek were in goal throwing himself all over the crease. Within 10 games you would be calling for him to change his style.

The difference, here, is the fact that Hasek played in the NHL for 14 years. He's a 6 times vezina trophy winner, 1 cup with Detroit in 2002. This guy is winner. Thomas played 98% of his career in minors leagues and in Europe. I would be glad to have Hasek for one or two season. Rask won't be ready till 2 or 3 years and the team should progress in order to offer Rask and good environnement to developp his skills. With Thomas, this team will not progress.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Jimbo said...

well put. also with lewis this team will not progress

12:03 PM  

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