Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Aubin Joins the Kings' Crease

The goaltending situation got a little bit more competitive in Los Angeles with the signing of Jean-Sebastien Aubin from the Free Agent Market. Aubin played in 20 games last season, winning only 3 of them. The Kings have a bit of a mess on their hands when it comes to goaltending and the lack of games the combined three goalies below have played last season. Cloutier managed 24, Aubin had 20 and Labarbera didn't appear at all. They will also have Jonathan Bernier, who's playing for Canada in the SuperSeries, coming into camp after at least two games in the series.

If you're sitting down at the draft and you've waited a while to pick your back-up goaltender, you may be left with the Los Angeles Kings' decision of a back-up. Hell, you might even be wondering who they might name as their number one going into London. It's quite the conundrum, even from this stand point. You have to think Cloutier has the inside track here, but a great couple games from Bernier, who'll be in game shape, might take a good run at it.

Alexander FrolovAnze KopitarMike Cammalleri
Ladislav NagyMichal HandzusDustin Brown
Scott ThorntonDerek ArmstrongKyle Calder
Raitis IvanansPatrick O'SullivanBrian Willsie

Alyn McCauley
Lubomir VisnovskyTom Preissing
Rob BlakeBrad Stuart
Jaroslav ModryJack Johnson
Dan Cloutier
J-S Aubin
Jason Labarbera

It's unclear what Aubin will make with this new 1-year deal, but you can't imagine it would be much. Labarbera is making $850,000 this season... so it should be somewhere around there. It'll be a great fight for those goaltending jobs, so keep yourself posted.

You may also want to note that the coaching staff was improved when the Kings added former Wings and Bruins head coach, Dave Lewis. A little extra hockey sense on the bench might be a great thing for the bunch of guys they've added this season. New ideas and philosophies should help the Kings be a bit more competitive.

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