Poll: Which Canuck Backup Goalie do you want?

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Which goalie would you choose as backup to Luongo?

Martin Prusek
5
20%
Steve Shields
5
20%
Phillipe Sauve
0
No votes
Mike Morrison
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No votes
Wade Flaherty
10
40%
Jason Labarbera
5
20%
 
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Poll: Which Canuck Backup Goalie do you want?

Post by DavidPratt_ » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:39 am

I put together a list of goalies who could be available to Vancouver (free agency or trade). Which goalie do you think should back up Roberto Luongo?

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Post by Linden Is God » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:59 am

My #1 would be Labarbera, then Prusek. Who's your pick Pratt?
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Post by mattola » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:38 am

Phil Sauve signed a one year deal in Phoneix.
Mike Morrison signed a one year deal in Phoneix
Jason LaBarbera signed a one year deal in Los Angeles.

your list is thin.

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Post by MarkMM » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:03 am

I'd take Shields over LaBarbera mainly because we could get Shields without trading away assets. I have no problem with Flaherty, I just want to bring another goalie into the system.
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Post by mattola » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:19 am

mis read. I thought they were all UFA lists. now it makes sense.

I want Shields.

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Post by magnum44 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:59 am

San Jose and Anaheim are probably going to try and move some starting goalies sooner rather than later which may have some ripple effects on who is available. Luongo is a workhorse with no real injury history so I don't think we have to rush to fill the backup position. I think we can afford to wait and invite some UFAs to camp and see what shakes out after all the training camps close. As far as I know we could probably still trade the rights to Noronen to a team that would give him a shot at winning a starting job and he would probably have and use an out clause in his contract to come back to the NHL if that was the case.
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Post by postimon » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:01 pm

A better question might be, who does Luongo want as his back-up! :)

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Post by levelheaded » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:19 pm

Prusek, a very underrated goalie IMO. He's younger then Shields, so probably the safer pick. I also think Prusek would be a better fit if Luongo got hurt (God Forbid)

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Post by DavidPratt_ » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:37 pm

mattola wrote:Phil Sauve signed a one year deal in Phoneix.
Mike Morrison signed a one year deal in Phoneix
Jason LaBarbera signed a one year deal in Los Angeles.

your list is thin.
I phrased my list by stating potential backups acquired via free agency or trade. Here's why:

Sauve - competing against David LeNeveu (top Phoenix goalie prospect who Gretzky has stated won't benefit from another year in the AHL) to back up Curtis Joseph. Sauve could be on waivers after training camp in Phoenix.

Mike Morrison - see above.

Jason LaBarbera - competing against Garon for the backup job to Cloutier. Could end up on waivers after training camp.

My list isn't that thin. The Canucks could pick up another goalie after training camp if Flaherty struggles.

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Post by DavidPratt_ » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:38 pm

mattola wrote:Phil Sauve signed a one year deal in Phoneix.
Mike Morrison signed a one year deal in Phoneix
Jason LaBarbera signed a one year deal in Los Angeles.

your list is thin.
I phrased my list by stating potential backups acquired via free agency or trade. Here's why:

Sauve - competing against David LeNeveu (top Phoenix goalie prospect who Gretzky has stated won't benefit from another year in the AHL) to back up Curtis Joseph. Sauve could be on waivers after training camp in Phoenix.

Mike Morrison - see above.

Jason LaBarbera - competing against Garon for the backup job to Cloutier. Could end up on waivers after training camp.

My list isn't that thin. The Canucks could pick up another goalie after training camp if Flaherty struggles.

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Post by DavidPratt_ » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:42 pm

Linden Is God wrote:My #1 would be Labarbera, then Prusek. Who's your pick Pratt?
I like Prusek. This is a guy who dominated in the AHL 4 years ago, played well in Ottawa (solid stats), and then was dumped by Ottawa after the lockout to make room for Emery. Prusek lost out to Leclaire in Columbus but didn't play as well as he could in Syracuse.

I think Prusek could be a solid goalie, particularly if Luongo got injured. The rest of them - Shields, etc. are too inconsistent.

I don't mind Labarbera - he could be available after the Kings training camp.

I think if Nonis is smart, he may wait to see who becomes available after all the NHL training camps.


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Post by kingofrockstars » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:21 pm

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Post by Canuck2 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:09 pm

This guy has Shields and Linden signed already, does he know something I haven't seen or is he on drugs?

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Post by MarkMM » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:41 pm

Canuck2 wrote:This guy has Shields and Linden signed already, does he know something I haven't seen or is he on drugs?

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Hmm, I remember reading that there were discussions, but also there were reports that Brian Boucher was invited to training camp, that was just a few days ago, so I don't think Shields was signed.
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Post by DavidPratt_ » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:00 pm

MarkMM wrote:
Canuck2 wrote:This guy has Shields and Linden signed already, does he know something I haven't seen or is he on drugs?

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Hmm, I remember reading that there were discussions, but also there were reports that Brian Boucher was invited to training camp, that was just a few days ago, so I don't think Shields was signed.
I'm not that big on Shields. Shields' play has gone downhill in the past few seasons after he was a starter in Boston. He's had a lot of chances in the NHL - Buffalo, San Jose, Anaheim, Boston, Atlanta and his play has steadily regressed year over year. Many of you would say 'who cares, we have Luongo', but you know what? If Luongo got injured, I would not feel comfortable with Flaherty as my starter. He's 38 and he's had a LOT of chances in the league. He has played well in the AHL, but I hate saying this - it's the AHL. I'd rather bring in a guy who could at least play fairly well in relief or if there was an injury. I don't have faith in Shields. Boucher is completely inconsistent. I'd give Prusek a chance if we signed him, or even a guy like Labarbera if he became available.

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