Friday, August 04, 2006

NORONEN LEAVING/ FLAHERTY IN??

According to a report on TSN's website Mika Noronen is planning on playing in Russia this year instead of sitting on the end of the Canucks bench. Does that mean Wade Flaherty is going to be the back up to Luongo?? or does the undrafted Vancouver Giants netminder, Dustin Slade have a chance of making the team during training camp??

Does this give Nonis a few more bucks to shore up the right side now???

Thanks to Beaner for the news tip.

4 Comments:

At August 4, 2006 at 10:44 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I'm not suprised. He'll probably make more moolah in Russia.
He has no desire to be a backup, and he vocally expressed that last season.
Wade Flaherty? Nucks are doomed!

 
At August 4, 2006 at 12:26 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Actually, he's put up some of the best numbers of his career in the last 3 seasons with Milwaukee and Manitoba

 
At August 4, 2006 at 1:10 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I met his brother, he works for a company that sells "Tough Mother Fucker" bearings.

 
At August 6, 2006 at 9:45 p.m. , Anonymous Isabella said...

No surprise about Noronen. It's been a rough go for him at the NHL: it seems like every team he's with has had such insane goaltending depth (or, in Vancouver's case, such an insanely good starter) that he sort of gets shunted aside.

It's a good move on his part, IMO. If he continues to be the backup no one cares about (a-la Marty Brodeur - how many people can name HIS backup?), he's not only never going to get a legitimate shot at starting, he may never crack the NHL on a full-time basis again once he gets older.

Developmentally, this is good for him. It just sucks for the Canucks because Noronen was a good choice incase something should happen to Luongo (knock on wood).

 

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