Will he be dealt?
Will Lou wait for him to develop...meaning waiting for Broduer to retire?
Will he backup Marty?
Will he waste away in the AHL?
I think Marty honestly has 5 maybe 6 good years left in him. So, where does that leave Ari Ahonen? He's 23 right now. That would put him right in the prime of his career to start in NJ. I think we could get pretty good return for him.
I don't think we could get much for him at all. There are just too many "franchise" prospect goalies out there, and nobody knows which ones will pan out
ahh well, you get the idea.
I say the best thing to do with Ahonen is to let him develop and gain confidence in the AHL, then bring him up as a high profile backup (like Legace) and as Brodeur gets older let Ahonen take 20-25 games. Of course you'd have to drag Marty from in front of the net kicking and screaming
Unless Brodeur plays poorly as he gets older and/or can't play roughly 70 games a season, I don't think we'll see much of Ahonen in NJ. But I still think he should be kept around similar to Manny Legace in case that does happen.
BTW, BlackJack, am I spying (with my little eye) 3 Buffalo goalies on that "franchise" prospect goaltender list?