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Garrioch: No buyouts for Ottawa, Prusek rumored to Montreal

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07-26-2005, 07:08 AM
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Garrioch: No buyouts for Ottawa, Prusek rumored to Montreal

http://www.ottawasun.com/Sports/Hock...47714-sun.html

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While Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Chris Neil, Anton Volchenkov, Antoine Vermette and Josh Langfeld will all receive offers, the future of local product Todd White is in doubt.

There's a lot of guys who can play in Ottawa, Todd White isn't necessarily one of them.

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Backup goalie Martin Prusek, who is scheduled to make $710,600, also needs a qualifying offer. It's expected he'll get one, but he will likely be dealt so Ottawa can promote Ray Emery from Binghamton.

Sources say the Canadiens are looking for a backup and are interested in Prusek because Cristobal Huet -- acquired from the Kings last summer -- is out until January with torn ligaments in his knee.

"I would think Ray Emery is going to get a chance to push for the No. 1 job in training camp. Dominik Hasek is going to be the No. 1, but Emery is probably going to get as much of a chance to play in the exhibition season as Hasek," said Muckler.
I'd be a bit weary of doing this right away, but then again I didn't see Emery all season. Hasek is 40 years old, he's going to get hurt, if I was Ottawa I don't know if I want the Plan B to be a rookie.

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The Senators also have decisions to make on unrestricted free-agents Peter Bondra and Curtis Leschyshyn. Muckler, who told the Sun last week he won't buy out any player currently under contract to the team, said he will speak with both to find out what their plans are for next season.
With a cap and no buyouts, I would think they're both out.

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Bondra is out for sure.

If i were the Sens, i would keep Prusek. I liked both him and Lalime, and i think Hasek/Emery is a step backwards for them.

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We don't really need Prusek since i think Danis would be ready to see a bit of NHL action, but then again, allowing Danis to get lots of minutes in Hamilton instead of sitting to back-up Theodore is probably what's best for him.

Anyway, we'll see I guess.

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We don't really need Prusek since i think Danis would be ready to see a bit of NHL action, but then again, allowing Danis to get lots of minutes in Hamilton instead of sitting to back-up Theodore is probably what's best for him.

Anyway, we'll see I guess.
Prusek would make sense for Montreal over Danis, who really could use a second season in the AHL. I'm also pulling for Emery to at least make the backup position in Ottawa. Having him challenging for #1 might seem a bit precarious if I were John Muckler.

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Huet is apparently going to miss a month or two, but certainly will be back by January. I think we can survive with Danis for 5 starts or so. If Huet is truly out until January, then I'd think it is likely they try and find a cheap goalie. But with so many UFA's out there, might as well sign one instead of dealing an asset or two for Prusek.

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Huet is apparently going to miss a month or two, but certainly will be back by January. I think we can survive with Danis for 5 starts or so. If Huet is truly out until January, then I'd think it is likely they try and find a cheap goalie. But with so many UFA's out there, might as well sign one instead of dealing an asset or two for Prusek.
I doubt the price is that high for Prusek. A mid-round pick might even do it.

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Huet is apparently going to miss a month or two, but certainly will be back by January. I think we can survive with Danis for 5 starts or so. If Huet is truly out until January, then I'd think it is likely they try and find a cheap goalie. But with so many UFA's out there, might as well sign one instead of dealing an asset or two for Prusek.
The schedule will be more compact this season to accomodate the Olympics. There will likely be a few extra back to backs or 3 games in 4 nights. What might have been 5 games in a normal season could be about 8 games and if Danis stumbles the Habs could be in trouble. You cannot afford to throw 8-10 games away in what should be a tight Eastern conference. If Prusek isn't qualified and can be had cheap on a 1 year deal, this would make a lot of sense for Montreal.

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Prusek - If he is going to Mtl. would Ottawa be whiling to deal Neil with him?
Would be nice to get Neil since he has no contract yet...

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Prusek is probably a good fit for a team with an established starter, and a young guy who will be stuck between the bench and the AHL. That way, they young guy can stay in the AHL, see some ice, and come up from time to time.

Teams I'm thinking of are Toronto (with Telqvist), Vancouver (with Auld), and Atlanta (with Lehtonen).

I'm sure there are other teams, and I'm also sure Atlanta fans are expecting to see Kari starting for them this year, so maybe Atlanta is a bad example.

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Prusek is probably a good fit for a team with an established starter, and a young guy who will be stuck between the bench and the AHL. That way, they young guy can stay in the AHL, see some ice, and come up from time to time.

Teams I'm thinking of are Toronto (with Telqvist), Vancouver (with Auld), and Atlanta (with Lehtonen).

I'm sure there are other teams, and I'm also sure Atlanta fans are expecting to see Kari starting for them this year, so maybe Atlanta is a bad example.
if Turek does not return Prusek would be ideal for Calgary

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if Turek does not return Prusek would be ideal for Calgary
C'mon down Stephane Yelle!

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Prusek is probably a good fit for a team with an established starter, and a young guy who will be stuck between the bench and the AHL. That way, they young guy can stay in the AHL, see some ice, and come up from time to time.

Teams I'm thinking of are Toronto (with Telqvist), Vancouver (with Auld), and Atlanta (with Lehtonen).

I'm sure there are other teams, and I'm also sure Atlanta fans are expecting to see Kari starting for them this year, so maybe Atlanta is a bad example.
Auld is not really in that category... he's got enough experience at the AHL level, that he will get a full season as a backup in Vancouver... plus he's played in the NHL already, including the playoffs last year.... besides, Auld now needs waiver protection, so if we pick up Prusek, we basically lose Auld, which doesn't make sense.

I think Atlanta is also not a good spot for him... Lehtonen is more than ready for the NHL - he proved that last year in the AHL, and even during his few starts already in the NHL. Toronto, I agree. With Belfour 40 now (and 41 by the time the playoffs come around) and Tellqvist, who hasn't exactly developed to plan yet, he's a good option there.

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If I'm Calgary I say "good-bye and thanks for all the fish" to Roman "European Vacation" Turek and trade for Prusek to back up the Kipper.

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If I'm Calgary I say "good-bye and thanks for all the fish" to Roman "European Vacation" Turek and trade for Prusek to back up the Kipper.
considering that Turek restructured his contract to remain with the Flames, I would say that he's a pretty good team player that has accepted his backup role, and a good guy to have back.

Why trade an asset for a guy like Prusek, when you have Turek there - who's already comfortable with the team, and has made the move to show his commitment to stay there by taking a paycut, instead of hitting UFA status?

There are some question marks that he might not come back to the NHL... but if he does, I think Calgary would be happy to have him back in his new role.

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considering that Turek restructured his contract to remain with the Flames, I would say that he's a pretty good team player that has accepted his backup role, and a good guy to have back.

Why trade an asset for a guy like Prusek, when you have Turek there - who's already comfortable with the team, and has made the move to show his commitment to stay there by taking a paycut, instead of hitting UFA status?

There are some question marks that he might not come back to the NHL... but if he does, I think Calgary would be happy to have him back in his new role.
Not much of a Calgary fan are you?? The fans "dislike" Turek....pretty much across the board. They would be happy to have Prusek and not Turek.

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Not much of a Calgary fan are you??
Considering his name is "nuckfan in TO", that's a pretty safe assumption.

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Not much of a Calgary fan are you?? The fans "dislike" Turek....pretty much across the board. They would be happy to have Prusek and not Turek.
actually I wouldn't say the fans dislike Turek across the board

the fans did dislike him as

a) the starter
b) the backup making over 3 million dollars

as a backup in the low 1s which is I think where we are now...he's acceptable. Would Prusek be better? perhaps yes, but if that means having to find away to buyout Turek plus surrender assets to get Prusek the answer is no

now if Turek decides to stay in CZE...different story

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actually I wouldn't say the fans dislike Turek across the board

the fans did dislike him as

a) the starter
b) the backup making over 3 million dollars

as a backup in the low 1s which is I think where we are now...he's acceptable. Would Prusek be better? perhaps yes, but if that means having to find away to buyout Turek plus surrender assets to get Prusek the answer is no

now if Turek decides to stay in CZE...different story
my points exactly... I think everyone knows I'm not a Calgary fan... but I've read enough posts about how much more they are supporting him after the restructuring of his contract - and they should.

He's a solid backup, and any player that could have just as easily forced a buyout, or refused to renegotiate, but instead took less money to stay with a franchise, in a role he's more than adequate at, should get respect from their fans.

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