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View Poll Results: Is Curtis Sanford worthy of being our back up next season?
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06-03-2011, 10:30 AM
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Curtis Sanford

Simple question: is he worthy of being our back up next year?

Discuss.

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06-03-2011, 10:34 AM
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With Price playing 70+ games, I'M worthy of playing back up!

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06-03-2011, 11:56 AM
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Not sure he could be an NHL backup, I know that there was a lot of talk about him getting a shot in the NHL next year as a backup, but that was before the injury which cost him the rest of the season. He's had some injury problems the last two years but is easily one of the best goalies in the AHL.

The problem is what if Price gets injured, so it will be interesting to see who the backup for Price is and who our two goalies are in Hamilton (since I hope Mayer retires or goes to the DEL)

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06-03-2011, 12:10 PM
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I think it's great to have a guy like him, great experience in the AHL, he's played more than 100 NHL game, and he can share his experience with our goalie prospects.

He is not signed for next season though, and I would prefer Price gets an NHL caliber backup.
Although I have to admit not having watched AHL games...

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06-03-2011, 12:16 PM
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Auld is as good if not better and the guys know him very well and respect him.

If we go for another backup, I would sign Garon as a UFA. This guy can still play 20-25 good games a year and be a force if Price got injured.

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06-03-2011, 12:29 PM
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nop keep Auld. i like him, and i think he knows his role and plays it well.

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06-03-2011, 12:35 PM
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Anybody else ever notice how the Habs goalies never get injured?

Dryden, Roy, Price, etc, none ever seem to go down on injury, whereas other teams are plagued by goaltender injuries.

On the other hand, our goalies tend to die young, Vezina, Plasse, Laroque, Plante,etc.

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06-03-2011, 12:51 PM
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Is he worthy? Sure, of course he is. I don't know that he's the "best" option in the world, but if it comes down to finding as many pennies lying around as possible to assemble the skating group management wants, then why not give him a shot? He and Price obviously know each other well (and he'll obviously have good communication with, and respect from, any Bulldogs that end up making the jump to the big club), he has put together an excellent string of reliability/effectiveness down in Hamilton, is an experienced veteran, and dude would only be asked to play, like, 10 games a year. If people are focused on "what would happen if Price gets injured", then I submit that playing Sanford as opposed to Auld would be the least of our concerns.

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06-03-2011, 01:22 PM
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Sure he's worthy. I'd rather Auld though if he comes cheap.

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06-03-2011, 01:23 PM
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I'd rather have Auld, or Giguere if he only wants 1-1.5 mill max, which isn't likely.

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06-03-2011, 01:26 PM
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It's hard to say how effective he'd be playing 1 or 2 times a month, the guys used to playing lots of games so IMO I'd rather go with Auld again as we know he can handle going a month without playing and coming back and giving us a chance to win. I'd like to sign a guy like Garon who can give us around 25 games, however he re-signs in Columbus I'd be happy with Auld coming back.

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06-03-2011, 01:37 PM
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Hmmm.
I think so. I like rewarding people for good performance. With that said I'm not interested unless it's a bargain (about-face).

I'm not sure of the extent of his injury/liklihood that he makes a full recovery. That's the main factor. He was probably on the right track before that and his performance this season would have earned him a 1-way (either with us, or from somewhere else). Unfortunate injury.


I would make the offer - 1-way contract for 800k. The main reason is that I like that he has been with the organization for a few years. Our young guys already have confidence in him as they know he's capable (Subban, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Weber, White, etc...).

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06-03-2011, 01:59 PM
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It's hard to say how effective he'd be playing 1 or 2 times a month, the guys used to playing lots of games so IMO I'd rather go with Auld again as we know he can handle going a month without playing and coming back and giving us a chance to win. I'd like to sign a guy like Garon who can give us around 25 games, however he re-signs in Columbus I'd be happy with Auld coming back.
I think that's largely untrue and/or irrelevant. Half of his career has been as a back-up, and he's very much a veteran at this point. The reason teams preferentially go for experience over talent at the back-up position is that by this point the "learning curve" is pretty much complete, and the player has ideally developed excellent practice habits, and thus is equipped to stay sharp throughout the season without necessarily needing lots of starts. Now whether he'd prefer getting lots of starts in the AHL instead of spot duty in the NHL is another question, but I think you'll find that the difference in pay/opportunity almost always prevails.

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06-03-2011, 02:00 PM
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Sanford would be fine. Whoever is backing up behind Price is only going to play about 10-15 games at the most...so its not a big deal who it is, as long as the price is good. Auld did a decent job last year so I'd take him back...but for less money. If he won't take less money, let him walk and use Sanford or MacIntyre.

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06-03-2011, 02:05 PM
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I wasn't impressed by Auld this year, but if Price is going to play as many games on a regular basis for some time, then who cares who's going to be the backup.

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06-03-2011, 05:42 PM
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Anybody else ever notice how the Habs goalies never get injured?

Dryden, Roy, Price, etc, none ever seem to go down on injury, whereas other teams are plagued by goaltender injuries.

On the other hand, our goalies tend to die young, Vezina, Plasse, Laroque, Plante,etc.
Wait and see, Carey Price will go down and we will finish 15th in the conference and be the laughing stalk of the whole league. Or we could just try not to jinx anything

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06-03-2011, 05:44 PM
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Desjardins is UFA.

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I sure hope Price isn't playing the same amount of games again. That was ridiculous. He was exhausted at the end of the season. Unimpressed with how the workload was divided.
Next season's backup should start at least 15 games.

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06-03-2011, 06:48 PM
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Anybody else ever notice how the Habs goalies never get injured?

Dryden, Roy, Price, etc, none ever seem to go down on injury, whereas other teams are plagued by goaltender injuries.

On the other hand, our goalies tend to die young, Vezina, Plasse, Laroque, Plante,etc.
you just jinxed price

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He'd be even cheaper than Auld, why not give him a try? He's been a trooper for Hamilton and its good to reward these kind of players sometimes. Gives hope to the AHLers.

This would also give more ice time to MacIntyre, who deserves to be no1 in the AHL at this point. Wouldn't surprise me if this one ends up being Price's backup for a long time in the future!

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06-04-2011, 01:08 AM
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I think Auld should be back for another year.

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06-04-2011, 06:25 AM
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Thing is, I was wondering last year why the Habs didn't do that.

There must be something in his play that stops the Habs from taking him up. Some shortcoming that the average fan can't see.

If he isn't up this year, it must be something of that nature.

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Anybody else ever notice how the Habs goalies never get injured?

Dryden, Roy, Price, etc, none ever seem to go down on injury, whereas other teams are plagued by goaltender injuries.

On the other hand, our goalies tend to die young, Vezina, Plasse, Laroque, Plante,etc.
Wish you hadn't posted that.

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06-04-2011, 06:55 AM
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Nobody will impress us if they end up playing 10 or 12 games. You need to play a backup at least 20 so he gets the feel of a game and doesn't get rusty. But then, he needs to be pretty good 'cause that's 40 pointes you're talking about here. And Auld doesn't fit the bill for me. Sanford? Maybe.

My picks? 2 names: Garon and Hedberg.

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Auld is as good if not better and the guys know him very well and respect him.

If we go for another backup, I would sign Garon as a UFA. This guy can still play 20-25 good games a year and be a force if Price got injured.
great idea! Garon would be the perfect backup. He's played well while Mason was struggling so he can help the team if needed.

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