Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:56 PM
We're talking about the same GM who never gave Ari Ahonen a chance even as a backup despite doing pretty well in the AHL for several years? There's always decent goalies, not necessarily at Schneiders level, available for relatively cheap on both the free agent and trade markets, so I'm not sure it's a big concern. Besides, we'll just see Lou throw a temporary patch on the goaltending situation if Cory leaves just like he's done at every other position.
Ahonen wasn't anything special in the AHL. Notice how no one traded for him...I don't even ever remember hearing his name in rumors...not even as a throw-in. There's organizations always looking for good young goalies. Ahonen played on some god-awful Rats teams, no doubt, but if someone thought he had something, they would've dealt for him...with Brodeur firmly entrenched as the #1 back then, a team probably wouldn't have had to give up that much to get him.
I remember when Brodeur got hurt in 2005-06 (his knee), and Clemmy got a brief string of starts near the start of the season. Ahonen got called up to back up (he never appeared in a game). I saw him during warmups once, and he looked awful. It may not mean much, but I remember being surprised at how bad he looked. At any rate, I don't think the league or Lou somehow missed out on magic with him. He just was a draft pick that didn't work out.
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