Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bruins acquire Manny Fernandez

TSN is reporting that Boston has indeed finally landed Manny Fernandez in exchange for forward Peter Kalus and a future 4th round pick. What a fomidable duo in net for the B's, with Fernandez and Tim Thomas. With the coaching change is Boston and Fernandez in net, I already foresee good things in Boston next season.

So who the heck is Peter Kalus
The 20-year-old Kalus was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic who was drafted 39th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft. The winger has been described as "electric goal scorer with a world of speed and skill." He is projected as a top 6 winger, but does have a few knocks on his size (6'1", 186 pounds). (TSN)

Kalus must have a lot of potential in order for the Wild to trade away a #1 goalie in Manny Fernandez for him. Last season, in 9 games for the Bruins, Kalus scored 4 goals and 1 assist.
Fernandez is being paid $3,750,000 per season. The Wild needed some cap space.

More on Kalus at Hockey's Future.
Manny Fernandez career stats.

Fernandez was squeezed out of the Wild's roster by the emergence of Niklas Backstrom and suprising 23 year-old Josh Harding.
The Wild were not going to renew Fernandez's contract with those 2 great goaltenders and speculation has been on going for weeks now as to where Backstrom would end up playing in 2007-08. Boston was rumored all along.

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At June 30, 2007 at 6:20 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Damn, Bruins are gonna beat the Leafs in the northeast this season looks like.. along with.. everyone else!

I liked having the Bruins suck horribly.. oh well.

At June 30, 2007 at 7:18 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Not me! I've always been partial to the Bruins ever since the Cam Neeley days.

At July 1, 2007 at 5:19 a.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Yayyyy, we give up a top prospect for a #2 goalie! I can't wait to see Manny Fernandez also NOT win the #1 job in Boston either!

At July 1, 2007 at 7:09 a.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Oh, and since Tim Thomas is from Michigan, does this hiring count as another Hispanic immigrant taking an American's job? [rimshot] Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week...

At July 1, 2007 at 8:06 p.m. , Blogger Goon said...

I think Manny is going to get the lion's share of the work. Thomas has pretty much proved he is nothing more than a back up and if manney doesn't play every day he pouts...


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