Wednesday, September 27, 2006

CONTRACT FIT FOR A KING

It appears the Kings will depend on Dan Cloutier to be their number one goaltender for the next 3 years. The would have been free agent next year has signed a 2 year, 6.2 million dollar contract extension. While despised by many Vancouver fans, the ex Canuck is the first goalie in their history to post three consecutive 30-win seasons.

Drafted in the 1st round, he started his career with the Rangers in the 1997-1998 season, and was eventually sent to Tampa Bay, where he posted less than stellar numbers with them. In his first year with the Lightning, he played 52 games and won a whopping 9, while losing 30. He played 24 games the following year, winning only 3, before being sent North to Vancouver. It was in his second year with them that something must have clicked, winning 31 games. Last year, he played 13 games, winning 8 of them before going out with an injury.

I'm sure he'll be fine in LA, having Marc Crawford to keep him company. Maybe Earl Sleek over at Battle of California can go out and give him our best wishes, because who needs Dan Cloutier when you have (bingo bango bongo....his name is....) Roberto Luongo!

4 Comments:

At September 27, 2006 at 4:57 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Mathieu Garon can't be too excited about this.

Still, can't see it as a bad move (yet). The King franchise has been throwing #1 goalies around for quite a bit now (Potvin, Cechmanek, etc.).

Maybe some stability is what they need.

 
At September 27, 2006 at 5:37 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I think you are right, Earl. At least Cloutier will offer regular season stability. Playoffs?? mmmm...i dunno.

 
At September 27, 2006 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

They're not planning on getting into the playoffs for the next 3 yrs.

 
At September 27, 2006 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I'm not convinced that this L.A. team is going to be awful, to tell the truth.

A couple goalies, a star-studded but deep blueline, and a sprinkle of kids and grinders up front (and a gm and coach that are both respectable hockey minds)...

Kinda reminds me of the '05-'06 Mighty Ducks.

Of course it's going to be a rough division, but I gotta see them lose a few before I can really write them off.

 

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