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11-17-2012, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by marty111 View Post
#2. Goalie Market and future UFA’s. If this season is played as a shortened season, then it is possible that there are other goalies on the market to tandem with Reimer. It is hard to know but a package could be made and not set the Leafs back. It may be more of a risk but Brian Burke is known for taking risks. If the lockout goes all season, then the following goalies will potentially be UFA’s for Burke to target: Niklas Backstrom, Tim Thomas, Nikolai Khabibulin, Evgeni Nabokov, Jimmy Howard, Mike Smith, Jose Theodore, Ray Emery, etc.
At the end of this game of goalie musical chairs there will still be teams left without a starter. If by some miracle Burke lands Howard, then Detroit becomes a potential suitor, etc.

Not to mention guys like Khabibulin, Emery are marginal upgrades at best. Theodore has said he plans on retiring in Florida. And Thomas likely may never play hockey again, and it would be foolhardy to gamble on him coming back.

Not to mention teams like San Jose or Chicago will also be active in the goalie market, and they'd be a lot more appealing than Toronto as potential goalie destinations.

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