The Leafs are preparing for any eventuality by signing JS Aubin. They've got a 40 yr old starter and a rookie back-up. Same as us... only our starter is less reliable.
I think there's a position for a #3-4 goalie in this organization, who'll split time with Glass in the AHL (dump Thompson, forget about Guard). In the event that Hasek goes down, this experienced goalie could end up being #1 or splitting time with Emery. Who would you want? And who would realistically accept this role? Do you think we even need it?
Mike Dunham - (probably not a possibility for such a limited role)
Felix Potivn - Russia?
I have a feeling we could get at least one of these guys well after the season starts... I'm sure a few will go unsigned after September (a la Steve Thomas from last season). That way, we could bring one in only when Hasek goes down, save the cap hit, and avoid sending him to the minors until Hasek comes back.
Of these (with little thought put into it), I'd go with Dafoe. He's only three seasons removed from being a semi-decent starter with Boston. Tugnutt and Brathwaite are interesting "hometown" choices, but I think Dafoe has more left in the tank.
It's also not clear who might be available mid-season as a replacement... maybe Kolzig is made available by Washington for a reasonable price, or else someone like Nurminen, Joseph, or even Nabokov or Denis. I think you go with Hasek & Emery until it fails, and probably add some insurance at the trade deadline when it's more affordable.
I agree that we should stick to the goalies we have in the system and see what transpires.
I may be the only one who thinks that Hasek will not be injured for a significant amount of time this year. We will be fine with our starter.
Emery will be an adequate backup and practicing with the Ottawa Sens should help his development.
In Bingo we have the following choices:
Thompson - performed well last year and was our best goalie for part of the season.
He deserves another chance.
Guard - deserves a shot in Bingo to see where his development is.
Glass - great year in Junior. Depending on how Guard looks, it may be best to send him back to junior as an over ager to continue developing. No sense rushing him and costing us a year of his rights.