Boucher to Preds?

The Hockey Zone is reporting that Brian Boucher may be moved to the Predators.

“Reports suggest that if Jon Lasak falters during training camp, Nashville is ready to pull the trigger on a deal which would see them get Brian Boucher, or possibly Zac Bierk from Phoenix. Phoenix is forced to move one of their three goalies (Sean Burke, Brian Boucher and Zac Bierk) or possibly lose one of them in the waiver draft. “

http://hockeyzone.4t.com/rumors.html


18 Responses to Boucher to Preds?

  1. CechmanekForVezina says:

    I feel extremely sorry for any team that has to deal with the youngest has-been of all time.

  2. Zamboni says:

    I’m not convinced that the Dogs have given up on moving Burke. I’d had to assume that’d be option #1, so I’d be pretty surprised to see Boucher or Bierk move this soon.

  3. distance7 says:

    My immediate thoughts were “hell no that won’t happen, Lasak is too good of a prospect to deal for THAT.” Then I remembered…David Poile is….well….he’s a bit slow. But I still don’t have any real reason to think this will happen, Lasak has improved yearly, they could get more than a guy like Boucher for him, he’s got great talent, just hasn’t had the chance to prove it at the NHL level. Hopefully this is just some rumor with no source.

  4. Donovan says:

    I highly doubt that the Coyotes would move Bierk. He seems heir-apparent to the starting job. Boucher is the odd-man out. The once highly touted former starter is now only a back-up, and not a very good one at that.

    I think if whats-his-name needs more time to develope behind Vokuon, then Nashville should pursue Boucher, put not if the price is too high

    Phoenix gave up Handzus for this guy!

  5. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Hell yes, Handzus is the f’in man. And we got a solid back-up in Esche. Too bad we don’t have a starter.

  6. Gforce says:

    winnie Wanye doing a great job….there the next team to go bankrupt

  7. Hyfte says:

    As a Predator fan I would to see this deal go down but what would they give up in return ?

  8. cccc says:

    Don’t worry Lasak isn’t going anywhere. The whole deal could be a reality because Phoenix owns 3 goalies who qualify for the waiver draft and can only protect 2 of them. The last thing they are looking for is another goalie. Besides they’ve still got another 3 that are looking pretty good down the road.

  9. cccc says:

    You’ve got to be kidding! Phoenix is becoming the poster-child of the fiscally responsible team. Perhaps they are not a hockey hotbed, but what Wayne has done for this team at the same time as cutting payroll as much as he has is great acheivement. Maybe you don’t see the future he is planning, but slow down and take a closer look at what he is doing – it just might surprise you.

  10. distance7 says:

    Well I hope you’re right, you probably are. I don’t see why you would make this move anyway, if you’re looking to dump a goalie…why would you want another goalie?

  11. OldNord says:

    Assuredly a pick.

  12. big_booty says:

    I thought Alex Daigle was in Minnesota.

  13. BoOoSh33 says:

    ya know, i was surprised at this comment, untill i read your user name, and realized you must be confused with what makes up a successful NHL goaltender. while i’m well aware that boosh hasnt been in the top 5 in the league or anything as of late, your labeling him as a has been is far from correct. last year he led coyotes goalies in games played, wins, and three star selctions. (he was third on the team overall in 3 star selections.) in addtion allow me to remind you boosh has solid playoff numbers in all of his appearences. his playff stats are solid, had it not been for the game that your buddy CHOKE, ooh im sorry checkmanek coughed up against buffalo that he had to play his overall GAA would be barley 2. Not too shabby if you ask me. In addtion though you may argue that Roman had better overall numbers, look at the teams dude. the flyers, with one of the most defensive and lowest shot totaling teams in the NHL, or the coyotes who have one of the higher shot totals in the nHL. the flyers who had a star studded roster, or the coyotes, a young team in transition. honestly, i think i, a AAA midget girl goaltender, could have put up respectable numbers in philly this past year. and i would have looked a hell of a lot better doing it. i’ll leave you with one last thought, even if you insist on wrongly labeling boucher a has-been, he’ll still be infintely better than cechmanek, a never was.

  14. BoOoSh33 says:

    i’d rather have two backups then one starter that chokes in the playoffs anyday.

  15. OldNord says:

    You should have post this a the first person.

    You’re unmasked Brian! lol

  16. BoOoSh33 says:

    haha, nah just a fan sick of sein him sold short…especially for that egotistical poor excuse for a goaltender cechmanek. but hey, just my 2 cents 🙂

    stopping what hits me

    33

  17. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Okay, now maybe I went a tiny bit overboard saying Boucher was a has-been, but you went way over the line saying Cechmanek was a never-was. You can not deny this guy has talent, even if you claim the numbers he produced were because of good flyers defense. His days in the Czech Elite League were just as good as his NHL career. So there goes that argument. And Boucher’s numbers on the same Flyers team that produced Cechmanek’s excellent numbers his first two seasons, were nowhere near his. This also being the guy named team MVP while Boucher was still on it.

    Look, I’ll give Boucher credit for his first year, he put up some great numbers, and took the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000. But what happened after that? Cechmanek was supposed to come in as the back-up since Boucher was already the starter. But Cechmanek went and proved he was better, and the coaching had no choice but to give him the spot. If Boucher was “infinitely better” then Cechmanek this never would have happened.

    I’ll be the first to admit that Buffalo series was a disaster, but it was a disaster for the whole team. Not even your hero Boucher could save that series, allowing a ridiculous 3 goals in the only 37 minutes he played in the series. So obviously Cechmanek was not the only one at fault there.

    Same with next year’s Ottowa series, where it seemed like Cechmanek was the only one who felt like actually trying. When a team scores 2 goals in 5 games, there’s no way in hell you can blame the goalie for losing the series.

    So as for Mr. Boucher having “led coyotes goalies in games played, wins, and three star selctions”, that’s not too great of a feat once you consider Sean Burke, the starter at them time, was injured for much of the season. Just face it, after a glorious Rookie season, Boucher will forever be a back-up.

  18. Montrealsdogg says:

    wasn’t Bierk a higly touted prospect in the Lightening system in the mid 90’s??

    anyway, the Preds definately need a starter. Though Vokoun has proven he can do the job, he is always on line to fall to an injury that can keep him out for awhile. A backup is the best thing the Preds could get at this point.

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