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Vokoun signing reminds us — Blue Jackets really need goaltending help too

Jun 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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Earlier today we asked what Leafs general manager Brian Burke was going to do about his goaltending now that Tomas Vokoun has signed in Pittsburgh. But there’s another GM that’s just as desperate, if not more desperate, to find a solution between the pipes.

That would be Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who rolled the dice with Steve Mason last season when a better option would’ve been to put the dice in goal. However, as Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch writes, much maligned Steve Mason and woefully inexperienced Allen York are the only ones currently under contract.

Portzline suggests Nashville backup Anders Lindback could be a trade target. Another possibility is the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier, though “the Jackets have always seemed lukewarm on him.”

Portzline also nominates Roberto Luongo. However, that assumes Luongo would agree to go to Columbus. (Don’t see that myself.)

Howson’s not under the same pressure as Burke to make the playoffs, but at the very least he needs to find a goalie of the future.

  1. hermanbates - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Well this is depressing. The Jackets do need a netminder. And I’m not a fan of anyone outside of Bernier. And my opinion matters the most. So we need to get Bernier.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Trade their first and Nash for Lou… Jk this isn’t NHL 12. Bjs are screwed again…

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      My guess is Columbus goes after Josh Harding, who played with Todd Richards in Minnesota.

      • sknut - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        That’s what I am thinking as well but not sure how comfortable MN is having Hackett take on the back up goalie this year.

      • ThatGuy - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        sknut- Not like Minnesota has much of a choice in the matter, he is a UFA and going to see if he can get a shot as a number 1 somewhere. CBJ is probably his best shot to get that chance. He won’t get it in Minnesota

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        Hackett won’t be the backup here next year. I think the Wild will either resign Harding or get a journeyman backup one a year contract. Then the following year Hackett will start and one their 2 other goalie prospects will be backup with the other one being moved in a trade.

  3. hiltonandastoria - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Thomas & Chara
    Quick & Doughty

    Mason & The Wis
    Yup very close

    • daerian - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Hiton.. what? I don’t follow.

      • kitshky - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        I think he’s talking about Columbus brass saying they’re close to being a contender?

  4. lewdood - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    They should have traded for Bernier at the deadline. I can’t even imagine how much else they could’ve gotten along with him for Nash.

    And even though I’m biased because I’m an RPI guy, Allen York looked great at the end of the season beating the Red Wings and Blues. I think if he gets used to life in the NHL, he could be really solid in the next couple of years.

  5. itsallniceonice - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    They could go for Bachman. Not very experienced but young with potential. Don’t know how likely Dallas would be to let him go though.

  6. cgspens - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    As a long time Pens fan way before the CBJ were in town. It looks like it might be time to look at the front office and make a clean sweep there. The team is in disarray and with the loss of another goalie off the market the front office is still asleep. It would be great to have team on the ice with the same excitement as The Columbus Chill brought to our town in the barn at the fairgrounds. I hope the CBJ can turn it around hockey in Columbus is good for the city and a winner would help.

  7. davebabychreturns - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    On the subject of Roberto Luongo inexplicably waiving his NTC to play for an awful club, if employing former Lou goaltending coach Francois Allaire has the Maple Leafs in the running why would employing former Lou goaltending coach Ian Clark not give the Blue Jackets a similar appeal?

  8. bcisleman - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Ideal move would be to trade Nash to the Nucks for a package that includes Corey Schneider.

  9. rca26 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    “the Jackets have always seemed lukewarm on him”

    –This is probably the best endorsement of Bernier I’ve ever heard, considering the source.

  10. ecmar2000 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Rolled the dice, last season? Try 2, actually 3, seasons of dice-rolling.

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