Among the unrestricted free agent netminders who will be in the league’s storefront window awaiting the highest bidder are three former Canadiens goalies, boasting a combined total of 628 games played with the Habs. With Cristobal Huet and Jose Theodore arguably co-headlining this year’s crop, veteran Jocelyn Thibault will also be looking for a new home come Tuesday.
Another name sure to draw some attention is Ray Emery, whose rapid rise to stardom and equally-quick fall from grace will still have teams willing to roll the dice on the goalie that carried the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals only a year ago. Now in search of his third NHL home and eager for a fresh start, Andrew Raycroft should get another crack at proving why he was the league’s top rookie in 2004. After a difficult two-year stint in Tampa Bay, Marc Denis will be looking to breathe new life into his 10-year career. Greybeards like Olaf Kolzig and Curtis Joseph will also be hoping to hear their phones ringing in the coming weeks.
While well-stocked in goal right now, the Canadiens do have a need for one more puckstopper in their system. On the farm, the departure of Yann Danis has the Hamilton Bulldogs requiring a goalie to join forces with Cedrick Desjardins.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com