Hedberg On The Way Out??

Is Craig Patrick slowly preparing the departure of is #1 goalie??Being the GM of a young team strugling for cash every year and with virtually no chances of making the playoffs next year here’s what I’d do:

Trade Johan Hedberg and his 1.4M$ salary to whoever wants him, get whatever I can for him and play Sébastien Caron & Jean-Sébastien split duties next year.

Well, it may exactly be what Craig Patrick has in mind. Only this past 2 weeks, he signed 20 years-old goaltender Andy Chiodo to a 3 year contract, he also signed Sébastien Caron, 22, to a multi year deal while adding 30 y-old Martin Brochu to the organization.

Caron seems to be NHL caliber (played 24 games last year: 7-14-2, 2.64, .916%) while Brochu has been a backup in Vancouver in 2001-2002 and has been named American Hockey League MVP in 2000-2001. You also have Jean-Sébastien Aubin (21, 6-13-0, 3.13, .900%) who keeps knocking at the door every year.

Don’t you also forget about recent 1st overall draft pick, Marc-André Fleury, said by many to be ”NHL Caliber” already and you got yourself enough young cheap goalies to put in front of your net for the year to come.

Personnally I wouldn’t even play Fleury this year, I wouldn’t want to burn him a make the same mistake the Quebec Nordiques made with Jocelyn Thibeault couple years ago or most recently Dan Blackburn with the Rangers or Rick DiPietro in Long Island… 18 is WAY too young to bring a goaltender in the NHL. The only thing you can do is hurt is confidence as we all know goaltenders tend to hit their peak at around age 24-25, even older in some cases.

Where Hedberg would go now? It depends on what Patrick wants… Does he want to patch a hole (big steady defensemen, anyone!) or does he simply want to get rid of the salary. I could see Hedberg in a Coyotes uniform for maybe a 3rd round pick or even maybe Todd Simpson (1.4M$ salary: same as Hedberg). He could split the duties with Brian Boucher, and that way, Sean Burke would become expendable for Phoenix and they could deal him to a team like Colorado.

Another possibility could also be Boston. He’d be a cheap plan #2 if they fail to land Cujo. He could also split the duties with goaltender Steve Shields or even outplay him. Boston does have a better defense than Pittsburgh, so he could look better than with young unexperienced d-man in front of him.

This is in no way a rumor I want to get going, but anyway that’s what I’d do…



21 Responses to Hedberg On The Way Out??

  1. TheHoJoMan says:

    I doubt Pheonix would want Hedberg. They don’t exactly have all that much money to go spending on a guy like Hedberg. Besides, they Sean Burke, Brian Boucher, and up and coming Zac Bierk, which provokes the question of why would they want a 4th NHL caliber goaltender? Boston seems like a more likely choice, but if they don’t get Cujo i think they’re more likely to stick with Raycroft and Shields. Another possible location would be Vancouver, who are in need of a backup but probably aren’t willing to pay $1.4M for one.

  2. Habfan1234 says:

    I hope the Pens have no intention of playing Martin Brochu in the NHL because of what I saw when he was playing here in Vancouver. Brochu played six games and in those six games these were his stats: Record 0W-3L-0T, Mins Played 216, GA 15, GAA of 4.17, and an .856 SP%. He was just plain awful. He is the cure for low scoring games because on a nightly basis he would allow 4 or so goals a game, which would inflat the Goals Per Game Average.

  3. Lint07 says:

    Well we all know Sean Burke is gone come Deadline day anyway so it all comes down to the play of Boucher. Can he come back from a miserable year or not?? Zac Bierk can backup alright but is nowhere near #1 caliber.

    That’s where Hedberg comes into the plan. You trade Simpson for him, it don’t cost you a thing, make a good move with Colorado… Let’s say: Sean Burke-G for Dan Hinote-RW and Martin Skoula-D and suddenly you got a team that can compete for the playoffs!

    I like the idea of Vancouver also. They could dump some salary in the deal as well but I think Hedberg is too similar (streaky goaltender) as Cloutier. I’d rather see them get Jamie Storr from the UFA’s instead.

  4. Lint07 says:

    I’d say it was a move for their farm team but the guy has been amazing in the minors so he could be their #3 goalie.

    And I agree with you, Brochu missed his chance when he was recalled by Vancouver. I thought he’d never had a chance again… maybe he will, after all.

  5. Petr89 says:

    Now, I’m not too sure exactly who qualifies for the waiver draft and who doesn’t, but I think that Hedberg, Caron, Aubin, and Brochu all do (although I’m not sure about Caron). If that is the case Patrick has to protect Caron as he has shown talent, and is cheap; he’d get picked up in a second. If Patrick really does want to get rid of Hedberg’s salary, he’ll expose him to the draft.

  6. great_one98 says:

    Brochu is horrible. He played horrible for vancouver.

  7. Levitate says:

    i don’t think the avs would give up skoula…they’re thin enough on D as it is

  8. Hyfte says:

    Hedberg is staying in pittsburg for this season so they don’t have to rush Fleury . Brochu and Chiodo will be the farm hands. They are planing to either trade or buy out Aubin because Caron is ready for the jump to the nhl. I could see Aubin going to Vancouver to backup Cloutier. Buy the way the coyotes also have Bierk.

  9. titans says:

    Do the Penguins still play in the NHL? Heres what the NHL needs to do…Make an NHL-B League! Get the Pens, the Panthers, Predators and Rangers and put em in a seperate league for mismanaged, inept, underacheiving loser franchises.

  10. GO-HABS-GO says:

    i agree, aubin/caron will be good for this year or even for a couple of years, as long as it takes fleury to be ready for the NHL. hedberg woud be good in phoenix

  11. CechmanekForVezina says:

    They wouldn’t have a 4th NHL caliber goalie, ’cause Boucher sucks ass.

  12. jon95616 says:

    Try to think of a team who needs a goalie…Phoenix has 3 capable goalies already.

  13. OldNord says:

    I’m pretty sure Caron don’t need to be on the protect list.

  14. Donovan says:

    Trade him for a defenseman. Who does Pittsburgh have on d? Melichar, Rozival, and Berehowsky. Still thier better than my Leafs.

  15. mikster says:

    Hedberg to either Calgary or Edmonton if Turek or Salo is traded.

    Or, Hedberg to Boston since they always end up cheap.

  16. Lint07 says:

    oh yeah?? Mind if I ask who they are???

    Sean Burke? I bet you my next paycheck he doesen’t last all season there.

    Brian Boucher? Horrible, simply horrible last year. Can he really come back???

    Zac Bierk? Capable back-up. Far away from #1 caliber.

    Johan Hedberg would be #1 in Phoenix as soon as they’d trade Burke.

    There goes your theory.

  17. Lint07 says:

    I thought about Calgary too, but they won’t trade Turek and his salary anytime soon.

    He’d look good in Edmonton though. A cheap replacement for Salo.

  18. swedishvoice says:

    Hey they have Dick Tarnstrom as well, and if he did not have his accident last seson he would ba a runner upp for the Noris trophy… The pens just need a blueliner or two…

  19. JBE365 says:

    Yea, but there isn’t a chance that Pheonix ould trade burke if they were in or very close to the playoffs.

  20. Kraftster says:

    Dude you are so annoying!

  21. Lint07 says:

    Before anybody accuses me of copying, here’s what the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported on august 24th (the day after I posted my article…)

    AUGUST 24, 2003.


    PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dejan Kovacevic reports the Penguins recent signing of goaltender Sebastien Caron to a four-year contract likely means this will be the final season in Pittsburght for incumbent starter Johan Hedberg. The veteran is slated to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, and the Penguins will likely trade him by the March trade deadline, rather than lose him for nothing. His $1.2 million US salary and memories of his strong play in the 2001 postseason could attract interest from other clubs. It’s also possible he could be dealt earlier in the season, although that would leave the inexperienced Caron as the starter.

    Spector’s Note: If Caron shows he can handle more starts early in the season, the Pens could find a market for Hedberg. The Bruins and Avalanche could be in the market for a goaltender before December.

    This article can be found @ Spector’s hockey.

    I guess I saw it coming too!

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