Definitely. Also we might be able to get Sugar Ray Emery on the cheap if Chicago makes a move at Bernier. Not sure how I'd feel about that one. I'd prefer to go the UFA route, but if we can get Emery for futures or a conditional pick (IE: Canes make the playoffs, Hawks get a 5th) then I'd be all for it.
If Luongo goes to South Beach, what about Jose Theodore? He'd prolly be available dirt cheap and his cap hit this year is 1.5m. I assume they're gonna either play Jacob Markström in the backup roll or resign Clemmensen to do it?
I'm not thrilled going into the season with Peters as back up. I just don't think he's ever going to be an NHL goalie. Never been impressed with him and whenever he did get the start my first thought is 'lose'.
Consider that the majority of Peters starts are when Cam needs a break, which usually means the team in front of him isn't all that fresh either. Backups from other teams tend to play against lesser opponents (see Biron's 3-0 record versus the Canes). Being a backup for a mediocre or crap team sucks because you are set up to fail if you are the clear backup.
My concern with Peters is how often he gets beat low. His first stint back when Cam was out, he seemed to use his size so well. Not much space to shoot at.
The last couple go rounds, just seems like pucks are getting through all over the place.
But he's looked good before. He's looked bad recently (in the nhl). Maybe he'll look good again this year. Certainly not crazy about spending some money that could be used elsewhere to bring in another old goalie that we don't really want.
Theodore has 1 year 1.5m left. That could potentially be a steal and not that hard to aquire depending on what happens with FLA's goalies. Even if they don't get Luongo, ya gotta figure either Jose or Clemmensen are out since Markström is probably gonna be a full time NHLer.
With Peters signing, I'm just not sure what the plan is for us in goal at this point. Boucher's injury leaves us with a big question mark if Pete is the backup and he isn't more productive than he was last year. Maybe this will be the incentive for him to be that much better. We'd better hope so. And what is the plan in Charlotte?
Maybe I just need to wait and see how the next few days/week shake out.