Sabourin was the year-round backup to Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, and was let go by Shero on waivers. This was a huge mistake by Shero, as I pointed out at the time in an article, and now Shero has come full circle and re-signed Sabourin. Dany even held the fort in overtime, facing elimination in a playoff game, while Roberto’s equipment was being fixed, and he looked great doing it. The year before he was selected as the best goaltender in the AHL, and the best in the AHL is at least typically a worthy backup in the NHL. And Sabourin proved that last year playing behind Luongo, but more than that, he proved he could come in cold and do a good job, because Luongo, like Brodeur and Fleury, loves to play as many games as possible, and hence Sabourin is a good fit as a backup in Pittsburgh from that point of view. Sabourin is certainly capable of as a minimum the same showing Thibault had last year, and that was not considered bad by the Pens.
Therefore the problem with Sabourin being the backup for Fleury, is not on the fact if he is capable of doing the job, because he is. The problem roots from the fact that Fleury has only played one full season in the NHL and that was last year, and that more than likely means he still needs veteran direction, other than coaching. And Sabourin has played even less than Fleury in the NHL, therefore if Fleury needs any veteran goaltending direction, he simply will be without help or will have to call someone on the phone. And not knowing many NHL goalies, it will probably be Thibault.
P.S. Mi so pisciato addosso quando ho letto “buyout-able.” I loved that. Also, I would not be surprised if the next goaltender signed by Shero to headline in the AHL will be an old NHL veteran. He almost has to, so that the kids in the NHL can have someone to bounce ideas against.]]>