Monday, October 24, 2005

Shields to aid the Thrashers?

Not yet nine games into the season, the Atlanta Thrashers are already using their third and fourth goaltenders, two rookies who have struggled behind a porous Thrasher defence.

In desperation, Don Waddell has extended an invitation to veteran netminder Steve Shields to possibly serve as a stopgap solution while starters Mike Dunham and Kari Lehtonen recover from injury (Dunhan is said to be close to returning). My dearest old friend Duhatschek says:
Rather than trade for a netminder (Mika Noronen of the Buffalo Sabres?), they elected to bring in Steve Shields on a tryout. Shields is scheduled to play for Atlanta's farm team Saturday and at that point, the Thrashers could sign him to a contract for (or near) the NHL minimum and put him in the line-up early next week.
Shields did, in fact, make his debut with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL on Saturday and was the game's first star in a 2-1 loss.

A journeyman if there ever was one, Shields has actually had some decent performances in his NHL career, most notably a 27-win year in 1999-00 with San Jose, and could help Atlanta by giving them at least one veteran in goal to turn to.

Shields began the season on a tryout with the Ducks, but after losing out to Ilya Bryzgalov because of a shoulder injury, began the wait for one team to run into injury problems. If things don't pan out in Atlanta, the 32-year-old Shields may find himself an AHL regular for the first time since 1996-97.

Although I do hear the Oilers need a goalie.


At 6:47 p.m., October 24, 2005, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

There are plenty of goalies out there with a lot of talent but won't get a chance because Shields is 'proven' that he's proven that he's slower than molasses in July.

At 7:45 p.m., October 24, 2005, Anonymous Ben said...

The main things Shields has going for him are his willingness to tryout in Chicago and the fact that he has new pads that have been approved by the NHL. At least he's faster than molasses in January.

At 10:15 a.m., October 25, 2005, Blogger Nick said...

Whatever happened to Jani Hurme?

At 11:25 a.m., October 25, 2005, Anonymous Ben said...

Jani Hurme isn't medically cleared to play in the NHL. His knees are shot and are preventing him from passing a standard physical.


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