Khabibulin to Detroit? I can't see TB letting this happen. First they get screwed out of defending their Stanley Cup title the year after they win, and now they're going to lose their starting goaltender? I hope Tampa retains him. Like someone said before, Detroit should first try to find a way to score goals in the playoffs.
Tampa will probably re-sign him... he's a key part of their team, and they could afford to pay him the max there.
But Khabibulin is the type of player this off-season that should get the max contract on the market. There is a big drop off in goal after Khabibulin in FA, and there are a few teams out there that have goaltending concerns that could create a bidding war for Khabby.
In the end he'll be in Tampa IMO, but I wouldn't be all that suprised to see a few teams give him the max contract offer, after buying out or restructuring other areas of their team.
Besides Detroit and Vancouver, the Rangers, Senators, and possibly the Coyotes (depending on his relationship with the front office there), could all be interested in him.
After his playoof performance he deserves to be the highest payed goalie after Brodour
Only if he takes a big pay cut
you buyout, shanahan, whitney, hatcher, legace i hear might be bought out if we make a big pitch for a goaltender, and then we got a ton of money to sign a ufa or 2, an resign our youngsters.. it woldnt be too hard for the wings, tho itll be challanging, were just gonna have to buy some older UFA defensemen and forwards that are willing to take less and play for a contender.
Just curious, why is there so much speculation that the nucks are only able to retain one of them? Is it because they wont be able to afford them both?
no it was first all the "Bert wants to be traded" talk...
and now this statement by Naslund's agent suggesting he's going to look at all options.
and people take that and figure we'll end up losing one or the other.
The canucks payroll situation is fine.... they have room to sign Naslund - even at the contract max, and retain their team... they even have enough to add a $2mill or so FA with all that... and there are enough contract options with buyouts, and no qualifying certain players, that the team can create more room if needed.
Vancouver gave up something like 1 more shot per game over Ottawa.
Also, Vancouver finally got one decent season out of Cloutier... I think they'll be willing to see if lightning can strike twice.
But Cloutier got injured in the playoffs, and hasn't shaken the tag of a being a playoff choker. I'm sure we all remember Lidstrom's shot from center in 2002, or the 15 goals allowed on the last 60 shots in the Minnesota series. No matter how good he is in the regular season, until he has a year where he plays a full series and gets at least a 0.900 save percentage he won't be regarded as a top goalie.
how about believing it when its done, TB would be crazy to give Khabibulin up he is the the best goalie in NHL behind Brodeur, if not as good the Dves do play a trapping systm which im sure helps Brodeur.