Has Anyone Seen 'The Cat'?

Chicoutimi, St. John’s, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Boston, I lost Felix Potvin somewhere between these places on my radar screen. Someone tell me where The Cat is? How is it possible that Potvin is out of work in this new NHL?

Goaltending holes all over the league, yet no one has a spot for The Cat. Granted Felix struggled between 1998 and 2001 but when he joined the LA Kings late in the 2001 season he appeared to have found his game once again, and yet again in 2003-2004 with the Boston Bruins.

You can’t tell me teams like Edmonton, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Columbus, or Colorado can’t afford to take a chance with a 34 year old veteran goalie who still has alot to give a team. The old style game is back, The Cat’s reflexes were made for this type of game, just look back to 92-93 and 93-94 seasons with the Leafs.

As long as a team has a solid defensive presence in front of him he will be able to help a team. He would provide a veteran calm for all the players in the lineup, not having to worry about a young goalie night in, night out. The Cat is what he is, a solid, capable NHL veteran goaltender with quick reflexes and a wealth of experience.

If a Chris Osgood can last this long in the league, surely there must be a spot for Felix ‘The Cat’ Potvin. Mike Vernon lasted a long time in the NHL on marginal talent as did a plethora of other goalies ranging from Kirk Maclean to Darren Puppa and Jon Casey. I’m thinking Felix Potvin would look great in an Edmonton Oiler jersey, what do you think?

All I know is, if Ed Belfour goes down to injury for some reason, I hope JFJ will put the call out to Felix ‘The Cat’ Potvin and bring him in whether it be as back up or a starter. Theres alot of scratch left in that Cat.

Craig MacTavish make it happen! Potvin to the Oilers would be the best move in net for you to make at the moment in the short term and possibly a little beyond. The Cat is only a league minimum contract away, snag him.

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25 Responses to Has Anyone Seen 'The Cat'?

  1. dre2k5 says:

    you make a good point. I have been watching as some veterans are scooped up to plug holes and am wondering why Potvin isn’t among them. Steve Shields, Mike Dunham, Sean Burke… I would think Potvin could give all these guys a run for their money.

  2. PTack says:

    When Belfour is done, the leafs should bring potvin back, and a fourth line of Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour and…Dave Andreychuk. Potvin is still NHL worthy tho Atlanta should get him.

  3. Hollywood666 says:

    There was nothing “marginal” about Mike Vernon.

    Potvin can only dream about being in the same conversation as Vernon or Kirk Mclean.

  4. PSU_Penguin says:

    “As long as a team has a solid defensive presence in front of him he will be able to help a team.”

    That’s why pittsburgh won’t go after him. Though I think he’d be a nice fit in edmonton like you mentioned or as a plug for atlanta. Really, if anyone’s goaltending slips then Potvin should be a guy high on the list of fixes.

  5. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Felix Potvin is an alright goaltender, I guess. But for the time being I’d like to see the Oilers stick with Jussi Markkanen because he has been playing great, except for that blowout to Colorado, but all goalies have bad games. Jussi is a strong positional goaltender…………What my Oilers are in dire need of is a couple goal-scorers. We have guys who can setup plays and rack up assists, but we have very few at this point who are putting rubber to mesh.

    PS: Craig MacTavish has no choice in whether or not Potvin comes to Edmonton. Last I checked, Kevin Lowe was the GM in the City Of Champions.

    GO OILERS GO!!!!!!

  6. koolcory77 says:

    I like Potvin, too.

    However, the Thrashers did infact contact him before they signed Dunham, and Potvin claimed he was not ready to go with the new goalie equipment size and he was not currently in game shape.

  7. thatleafsguy says:

    in terms of vernon later on in his career he was marginal at best, kirk maclean was never a GREAT goalie.

  8. dcz28 says:

    Has Anyone Seen ‘The Cat’?…Yea i did he got killed by a dog named Cujo lol

    Seriously i think he will probably find a team either with Edmonton, Atlanta or some other team with goalie injuries

    You said in the article “If a Chris Osgood can last this long in the league” 1. Osgood is still a bit younger 32

    2. Osgood has 2 cup rings

    I’m not saying Potvin is not a good goalie but i’m glad the Wings signed him instead of Potvin since Osgood has proven he can get it done with the Wings

    PS…for those who were concerned about the Wings goaltending Legace is 8 wins, 1 loss, 1.77 GGA, .925 S% and 2 SO …not bad for a lifetime backup and with Osgood back from injury Legace will be able to get some rest soon

  9. dcz28 says:

    Sorry make that 9 wins for Legace since they beat Columbus 6-2 on monday night

  10. blindref says:

    You know, I have never really given much thought towards Potvin in Edmonton but it does make a bit of sense. It’s not that I don’t believe in Conklin and Jussi but they haven’t done the job and something has to change. Maybe that something can be the goaltending and Potvin could be the answer…who knows?

  11. hockeyhead says:

    yes, i agree, potvin could be a replacement for the

    leafs and if they keep letting eddie get peppered like

    he did last night, that could be soon. how to pull

    one out of the hat leafs. see you thursday.

  12. Hollywood666 says:

    Yeah, most players are marginal if you only look at their last few years in the league.

    When he was with Calgary he was one of the best goalies in the league for a long time. Potvin had a hot streak of two years, and no cups.

  13. shakrmakr says:

    Both Oiler goalies aren’t number one goalies. Jussi and Ty are around 30 years of age and have a combined win total of 45 NHL games which is really pathetic of them. If somehow expecting them to be number one all of sudden at that age when they should of proven themselves along time ago, your on crack. Good luck making the playoffs with those goalies especially with Oilers crappy offense whose number one center is Horcof, who would be a 3rd line center on any other team.

  14. Aetherial says:

    It is entirely possible that the oilers will finish dead last in the NHL this year.

    Yes, even worse than Washington.

  15. N25philly says:

    He’s proably not with a team because he forgot he sucks and asked for too much money. At 500,000 he would be a decent pickup, but for penny more he’s overpriced.

  16. capouel says:

    The last thing I have heard from someone who knows him personnally is that he’s no more willing to play hockey in the NHL. I don’t know if he will change his mind but I’ve heard that he is busy running a goaltender school.

  17. Mullet says:

    this new nhl sucks! no hits no grappling no fights its just that european hockey crap! oooh lets watch this little guy weave through the ice cause no one is allowed to touch him. i liked better when it was lets watch this little guy weave through the and bam he gets smacked with his head down. the new rules are causing players to hold back so they don’t get a penalty. plus all these penalties are tickin me off. i can only stand to watch a team ice the puck on the penalty kill for so long.

  18. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    markkanen or TY arent #1 goalies fool you need to grab Biron or Kolzig NOW or the oilers will regret it down the road

  19. shapter07 says:

    the oilers suck plain and simple. they WILL not make the playoffs this year. They are probably the third worst team in the league after washington and st louis. my prediction is that they will finish

    32-40-10, about 15 points out of a playoff spot. good luck with markkanen and conklin jannety your in for a LONG season HAHAHAHAHA

  20. shapter07 says:

    i hope boston makes the playoffs just so i can watch them get knocked out of the playoffs in the 1st round again… but it may be a bit farfecthed that they will make it

  21. Byzzy says:

    There you go. I’m pretty sure he would be already in the NHL if he wanted to.

  22. Enigma says:

    Amen to that. I thoroughly enjoyed the “older” nhl a lot better. You had to work to score a goal. Now, already, at this point in the season a player such as Tie has 3

  23. Enigma says:

    Potvin was over-rated when he was with Toronto. I thought it was Toronto’s team that made him look good. He especially seemed to flop ever since that horrendous gaol that he let in from centre ice off a shot from all Macinnis late in the game. I can see Potvin being a back-up gaolie at best….maybe Colorado ?

  24. hockeyhead says:

    are you a leafs fan???

    tell me you werent shaking in your boots? the bruins spotted them 2 goals on their ice and totally dominated the rest of the game.

    if not for eddie the score would of been 10-4.

    i dont think it is very farfetched at all. i think that the whole northeast will make the playoffs.

    oh, and i hope the leafs make it to the playoffs. ottawa is bound to break their streak.

  25. rojoke says:

    You liked watching a team score a goal in the first period and then spend the rest of the game protecting that one-goal lead. Look at how difficult it is for teams to hold leads now. No more 40-1-1 records when leading after two periods. And the hitting has not totally disappeared from the game. In last night’s Philly-Montreal game, there was a good physical element to it. And it had a great flow as well, even with 7 or 8 power plays per team. It sure beats seeing the skilled forwards skating up ice wearing the checking forwards on their backs. The thing about the “good old days” is that they weren’t as good as people make them out to be. It’s just that’s what became accustomed to.

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