Aebischer odd man out between pipes? Maybe
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This article was published 29/09/2011 (4081 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
IT doesn’t take a math major to come to this conclusion: When piecing together a final NHL roster, two goaltenders is perfect company, three is definitely a crowd.
So with Chris Mason starting Wednesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes and Ondrej Pavelec likely to start Friday against the Nashville Predators, a question worth asking is: What about Dave?
The Jets still have three netminders in town, including David Aebischer, the former Swiss national and Colorado Avalanche netminder. But at 33 and with three goaltenders assigned to St. John’s this week, the options are limited.
“He’s in our sights. We like him,” Jets head coach Claude Noel said before Wednesday’s game. “He didn’t have a great game (against Carolina), but that’s OK. It’s the only game he’s played. He’s a good goalie. He’s got some really good experience, so we’ll see where he lands. Part of the process is you’ve got to make assessments: He’s an unsigned guy, and we have to see where he lands.
NOTABLE NUMBER: Carolina was 5-0-1 against the Atlanta Thrashers last season. Both squads missed the playoffs.
QUOTABLE: “I said it all camp: I can’t stray away from my game or get too comfortable. I’ll just go out and play hard-nosed, get pucks in deep, get pucks out of my zone. Stick to the girl you brought to the dance.” — Jets forward Troy Bodie.
Wednesday’s game was actually the first time in six games the Jets’ coaching staff worked together on the bench. With the Jets travelling all over the place through the first part of the pre-season, the coaches were split up, doing games with the help of St. John’s head coach Keith McCambridge and Mark Morrison.
“I haven’t worked a game with my coaches and we’ve played five games,” Noel said. “It’s all good stuff. I love ’em all. Our coaches have got good attitudes and it shows me we made the right decisions in hiring them.”
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Noel stressed again Wednesday the players sent to St. John’s earlier this week — and those who will be demoted — shouldn’t feel like they’ve been permanently exiled by the organization.
“I remember as a player getting cut and you think, ‘Oh, that’s the end of the world. I’ll fall off the face of the Earth now and I don’t have a life,’ ” Noel said. “We talked about this right from Day 1: You have to make an impression on people, impression on the coaches and management, because we don’t lose sight of you. Just because you are in St. John’s… the worst time to try and make the team is at the beginning of the year when you’ve got 60 people trying to vie for a position.
“The door is open, opportunity knocks — you prepare for that. You’ll see people walking right back into the situation quickly and the reason is because we’ll know you from training camp. If you had a good camp, boom, you’re the first to come. We don’t lose sight of that at all. Players do; they don’t really understand that. But we don’t lose sight of it.”
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