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03-29-2005, 12:32 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Doesn't Cechmanek hit UFA status now that the season is over?
I don't think they'll be much of a market for him. The only goalie that will walk away from free agency looking great is going to be Khabibulin IMO. He's a legit elite goalie, who hits UFA status this summer. Every team that needs goaltending will have to consider him, and there'll be a market for him....
the next level down of UFA goalies will probably also have more interest than Cechmanek - guys like Thibault, Kolzig and Lalime...
Cechmanek I think will have to accept a lower contract with a team that is either not looking at the playoffs, or turn himself into another Turek, and become a backup in the NHL to earn himself a starting role again.
If the new CBA lowers UFA age down to 29, then you'll have a huge market of goalies, including Kipprusoff, Cloutier, Biron and others.
that 3rd rounder given up for Cechmanek doesn't look like such a steal anymore...
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