Roys Replacements

Phillippe Sauve, David Aebischer, Martin Biron, Sean Burke, Nikolai Khabibulin, John Grahame, Roman Cechmanek, Jose Theodore, Olaf Kolzig, Brian Boucher, Felix Potvin, Jeff Hackett, Chris Osgood, JS Giguere. Which one do the Avs pick? Some of these goalies have chances in Colorado, other will only play against them.Lets start with some rumored goalies who won’t be heading to Colorado.

Nikolai Khabibulin, John Grahame. The Bulin Wall will not be traded, repeat, will not be traded. The Lightning team has said that they are confident and will stay with Khabibulin. But if John Grahame can outpreform Khabibulin next season, they may consider it.

Jose Theodore. Jose Theodore did not impress much this season, after having his best season of his career, and winning the Vezina throphy last year. Although the Habs do think Jose will be a star later in his career.

Olaf Kolzig. Kolzig’s salary may be easier to move compared to Jaromir Jagr’s salary. Washington may do this to dump salary, although I just dont see them doing it.

Brian Boucher probably wont attract much interest to Colorado, they may go for teammate Sean Burke. Speaking of Sean Burke, lets see which goalies may be heading to Colorado.

If you look at any team who needs a goalie, you will see the same canidates. Martin Biron, Sean Burke, Chris Osgood, Jeff Hackett, and Felix Potvin. Roman Cechmanek may have been on this list, but since Philly just moved him to LA, its almost certain he’ll stay there, unless LA gets a better offer than what they gave up, which shouldnt be too hard to do.

One thing we know is that Felix Potvin will be going somewhere else next season. Cechmanek has apparently token the number 1 spot in LA. Colorado may have some interest in him.

Chris Osgood will be a free agent July 1st, but the Blues are looking to resign him, but at a lower price. He may spark interest to Colorado.

Jeff Hackett will be a free agent July 1st, but he’s been talking about retirment lately. Even if he doesnt retire, Boston will try to get him. I just don’t see Colorado going with Hackett, unless Colorado splits the time between Hackett and one of Colorado’s back ups.

Those backups, David Aebischer and Phillippe Sauve, even though Sauve isnt really a back up, most like a farm goalie. Colorado GM Patrick Lacroix stated at Roys retirement press conference that he will start David Aebischer next season. Lacroix wants Sauve to get some more playoff experience in the AHL before he moves him up.

The smart thing to do would be to get David Aebischer to start next season, or split the time with David and another goalie. Lacroix has been inquiring about possible trades for veteran goaltenders for weeks. It would be a good thing to get a vetern goalie to have incase Aebischer cant handle the pressure.

Wait a minute, I havn’t mentioned someone i said at the beginning of this article. That man is JS Giguere. Colorado may sign him to a contract sheet, and hope that the Ducks wouldnt be able to match it. But Colorado may not want to give Giguere a pricey offer that the Ducks can’t match with the possible lock out in the 2004-2005 season, and a possible salary cap.

Best bet, get Aebischer to start along with a vetern goalie to have just in case.


16 Responses to Roys Replacements

  1. OldNord says:

    Forget Théodore, Montréeal will not get rob twice by Lacroix. The ass who wrote it in the Denver Post has just wanted to throw some stupid words in his boring column.

    Khabibulin and Kolzig aren’t on the block IMO.

    Boucher, who cares?

    Forget Giguère too.

    I guess Lacroix should sign Potvin to a one year contract with a team option for another year. Give more start at Aebischer and they should see if he can handle the number one job in the future.

  2. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Stepping into Roy’s shoes isn’t going to be easy, and I don’t think Colorado will be content to just let Aebrisher take over. Colorado is a team good enough to win the cup next year, so I dont think they’ll go into the year with an unproven goalie and their last line of defense. I’d expect them to trade for someone proven to have just incase he’s not ready. Much like Ron Tugnutt in Dallas this year. His job was to teach Turco, and be there if Turco wasn’t working out. Colorado needs someone like that. Someone who can go in the net when needed, but who’s main job is to help out the new guy. I think Potvin would be a good fit in Colorado. I think he still has it, and if he’s playing for Colorado, he won’t have to face them in the playoffs again. I dont know why Potvin isnt getting more interest from other teams, and I didn’t get why Philly didn’t have his rights thrown into the trade so they could at least consider bringing him in.

    Their other option is to go with Aebrisher splitting duties with someone like Biron or Fernandez/Rolonson. But again, a proven team like Colorado needs a proven goalie, right? Osgood is out. He couldnt get it done in St.Louis,and from where I sit, St.Louis could have won the west this year with their scoring power, but they had no strong goalie to lead them. JS Giguere isnt going anywhere either, so take him off the list.

    So all that leaves is a list of goalies who are just not that good. You have career-backups, starters for poor teams, and guys who’ve never really won anything. Kolzig is good, but is he good enough to make the move from a weak East team to a power house West? It’s easy to play in Washington, no one expects much from them.

    I think their best option is Potvin, and maybe Hackett. Roy retiring is the biggest blow this team could face. Forsberg leaving would have been huge, but if you take Forsberg or Sakic away, your talking about them dropping afew places in the West. Maybe from 3rd to 7th. Taking Roy away might drop them right out of the playoffs if they don’t find a good replacement.

    I’m sure this isn’t news to Colorado. They probably knew ahead of time Roy was going to be going, so I’m sure they have some plans for the future.

  3. Lint07 says:

    Hackett is going to Philadelphia.

  4. big_booty says:

    I’m saying that facetiously, of course. But the trade of Roman Cechmanek and the return for him has significantly lowered the goalie market.

    Phoenix is now screwed, I don’t think any GM in the league (especially someone as shrewd as Lacroix) is going to offer more to get Sean Burke than what LA offered to get Cechmanek, who’s a much better goalie.

    LA 86’ed Felix Potvin in favor of Cechmanek, and Cechmanek makes half a million less, thus his free agency value is diminished, as are the price tags of Hackett and Osgood, both of whom made more than Checko. If any GM gives any three of those goalies more than $2.5 to $3 million per year I’ll be shocked.

  5. big_booty says:

    You’re right, the Habs are married to Theodore, plus they don’t have a viable alternative.

    Boucher is talented, but inconsistent.

    But I disagree with you on Kolzig and Khabibulin.

    The Tampa brain trust keeps saying that they’re not moving him, but shifty Lacroix could make them an offer they would be hard-pressed to refuse, especially if John Grahame keeps improving at a good rate.

    Washington desperately wants to move Kolzig, as they want to rid themselves of his immense contract and bring up Maxime Ouellet. George McPhee will be hard pressed to do so, as Olie’s paycheck is a huge issue and there are more alternatives on the FA market. Plus, I don’t think there is that much interest in him.

    Colorado doesn’t need Potvin. He’s done. The only team he would look good playing for is the Devils, and they don’t need him either.

    My guess is that Lacroix would go after Khabibulin. Failing there, he would probably get into a bidding war with Bob Clarke for Martin Biron’s services. That would be interesting – it always is.

    Giguere stays put. The last thing the owners want is someone to go out and sign this kid to a huge offer sheet right before the CBA runs out. Not exactly collusion, but everyone out there is playing their hands awful close to their vests.

  6. OldNord says:

    I would agree with Kolzig, Washington want to get rid of high paid contract. But I still think that Khabibulin is not for trade. No “Bulin Wall next year, no playoffs for Tampa Bay. Grahame is an ordinary goalie like many others in the NHL.

  7. matteo says:

    Bobby boy already said that he will most likely wait and sign a FA rather than pursuing a trade now. To me that smells like Potvin, Osgood, or Hackett.

  8. CanuckFan says:

    Here’s a far fetched idea, that might have crossed Lacroix’s mind.. If he’s unsure about Aeb stepping in, even though he sounds confident, what do you think it would take for the Avalanche to trade up in the draft and take a nab at Mark Andre Fleury? SUre he’s young, but that kids amazing.. just a thought

  9. big_booty says:

    You forgot a very important little factoid.

    None of those guys is any good anymore. Our boy Bob knows this, and is just waiting it out.

  10. defenestrate says:

    Word on the street here in Col. has Abby and (Rico) Sauve splitting time until December or so, then Pierre pulling one of his patented “what the f%$k” moves.

    He’s been slipping lately, so this is his big chance. I always knew prolonged Celine dion exposure caused brain damage…….

  11. kidhenry1 says:

    to me, ozzie sounds like the smart decision–he proved with the isles & blues that he can step in to a situation and be effective on the short term.

    If the ‘lanche could land a big name, it would do wonders for a wavering fan base, but Aebischer should be their #1: After all, they decided he was better than Denis (idiots)

  12. OldNord says:

    Good point about Denis, they give up at this goalie too fast. Denver should have no problem with Marc Denis as number one if they had not trade him.

  13. Forsberg21 says:

    I don’t think we will see anybody get signed to an offer sheet anymore, 5 first round draft picks is just too much. Especially Colorado. Pierre won’t even sign anything more than the occasional depth player as a UFA. He is always talking about sticking to their plan which doesn’t involve signing big free agents in the off season, and I’m pretty sure making offer sheets isn’t in his plan either.

    I’m guessing it will be Martin Biron with Suave backing him up and Aebischer getting traded somewhere where he will have a shot at a starting job. Theodore might be a possibility, but I doubt Montreal would trade him to Colorado and risk looking stupid for the same reason twice with the same team.

  14. TC_4 says:

    I think the Cat will fit in pretty well in Colorado. He’s good, the bigger the game, the better he plays, and he’s only 31, so he’s still got 5 or 6 years left in him. A contender isn’t going to go with 2 unprovens.

  15. defenestrate says:

    Felix the cat

    The wonderful, wonderful cat

    Whenever he gets in a fix

    He reaches into his bag of tricks

    Felix the cat

    The wonderful, wonderful cat

    You’ll laugh so much your sides will ache

    Your heart will go pitter-pat

    Watching Felix, the wonderful cat!

    Please God, don’t let him come here… that %$#@$# song will be stuck in my head for the whole season…..

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