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06-01-2006, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by raketheleaves
If Feaster ever traded Vinny, all ten hockey fans in Tampa would chase him out of the city. Especially with the trend to bigger player scoring and with the uncertainty about St-Louis's future production.
Good one.

But I could see Feaster looking at Aebischer. He is a decent goalie who's shown that he can steal games. He's still relatively young for a starting goalie, and if Thomas, Gerber, and Huet can step up out of nowhere, it's perfectly reasonable to think that Aebischer could become a real solid goalie.

The other reason why Aebischer might be the best fit is that TB signed a Swedish guy, I think for pretty cheap. If he becomes another Lundqvist, as Feaster is probably hoping, then the last thing TB would want is a Nabokov or Giguere already under a heavy contract, or even Gerber who will no doubt demand a heavy longish-term contract.

Aebischer at least is cheap and RFA, and gives them the greatest flexibility in case Holmqvist proves to be a star. And if he doesn't, Aebischer is probably just fine as a starting goalie in the meantime at a good price.

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