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09-08-2010, 10:52 AM
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This is what Poile said about the backup goalie situation in an interview on 104.5 after the Hörnqvist signing a couple of weeks ago:

Believe we have some really good, unproven goaltenders. We’re taking a bit of a risk to give these guys a chance at training camp to see if they can do it. We have had terrific reports on Lindbäck. Impressed with him last season in Sweden, impressed with him at development camp, and the reports from his preparation for training camp is that he looks like he is ready to play in the NHL. That’s good news. Dekanich played really well in Milwaukee last year. A real battler, reminds us of Chris Mason. He’s going to get a chance. Chet Pickard, big boy, ready to play, worked hard this summer. So we are going to give these young guys a chance. If it doesn’t work out and we don’t feel confident in for one of these guys in camp, we have a plan B to go in a different direction.

I don’t have a problem with this approach. Every player is a rookie at some point. They are going to give the guys a shot at camp; if they aren’t confident in their play they’ll sign someone else.

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