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06-21-2009, 09:56 AM
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For what its worth,
Auld is going to Columbus for Russell
(Hockeybuzz rumor). And if this is true, then the Sens are getting another small Dman with some puck moving upside. Sounds like any or all of Bell, Picard, Smith are on their way out.
would you deal Picard for a backup goalie to Leclaire?
why would Columbus deal their best young dman, and someone who showed signs of taking big steps in his game last year, for a backup goalie to Mason, who's overpaid to fill the backup position as it is, and is a season from UFA?
Auld's worth a mid-round draft pick right now... and with over a dozen backups available in FA (Garon, Niittymaki, Gerber, Conklin, Labarbera, Johnson, Sanford, Raycroft, Boucher, Clemmensen, Weekes, Denis, Danis, etc), I doubt any team even gives up a mid round pick for a $1mill backup right now.
Russel is a 22 YO dman, still signed on his ELC, showing solid development and already playing fairly well at the NHL level... he's worth *significantly* more than Auld is.
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