Preds Recall Marek Mazanec, Send Hellberg Back to Milwaukee
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11-17-2013, 08:27 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Looking back on the history of this franchise, WRT goaltending, I think we may have seen a sudden change in the depth chart.
Remember 10 years ago, our #1 goalie was Vokie, and #2 was Finley with Lasak behind him. In training camp for the 03-04 season, Lasak got kicked to the side - and he responded by leaving for Europe. Finley was still iffy, so the Preds got Wade Flaherty as a fill-in in Milwaukee while they grabbed Mason back off waivers to back up Vokie.
Mason turned out to be a competent second option (after becoming the third goalie to win a game in Preds history), while the Ads rode Flaherty to the Calder Cup.
While the NHL was in L-word mode, Finley seemed to regain his confidence as the starter in Milwaukee... and then the Cincinnati playoff series happened.
When Training Camps finally reopened in the fall of '05, Mase was being called "1B" by Trotz - and a young Finnish goalie named Pekka Rinne wandered in to become the #1 goalie in Milwaukee.
All this is a polite way of saying, "I think Carter Hutton might be in danger of getting passed on the depth chart when/if Pekka returns."
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