Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A new backup goaltender

For all the hype going into the start of free agency, the Sabres only managed to sign a back up goaltender, and while it was something that needed to be done it was less then spectacular. That said we still got a few months till the season starts to make a few more moves.

So we signed Patrick Lalime to a two year, one million a year contract to be the back up to Ryan Miller. I watched a number of Chicago games last year where Lalime got a good number of starts due to injuries to Khabibulin. As such I'm not to confident about Lalime, as whenever he was in net I was always a little more worried, and wondering when Khabibulin would get healthy again. All in all, I guess he looked a little shakey. However taking a more objective approach and just looking at the numbers, Lalime went 16-12-2 despite playing for a team that failed to make the playoffs. As such, perhaps he isn't that bad, and the games I happened to watch were just his off days.

I would have preferred to sign Andrew Raycroft or Curtis Joseph, but they have both already signed elsewhere.

Well the Sabres still have a hole to fill at defense, both Teppo Numminen and Brooks Orpik are still unsigned. However the rumors about Orpik are not good.

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