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Net gain

Thursday, 26.06.2008 / 2:55 PM / News
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Net gain
MONTREAL -- The Canadiens might be all set between the pipes for years to come with their tandem of Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak, but most NHL teams aren’t quite as blessed in that department. Here’s a look at which masked men will be available when the free agent frenzy gets underway on July 1.

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