So we all know that the Nabakov ship has sailed. It came, taunted us, and went. We still need a reliable backup. Joey Mac isn't the solution. So I have a proposal.
I say we pick up a former Philadelphia Flyer. He's 6'2", had a good stint in Philly, and is coming back from injury. That's right, you guessed it. I'm talking of course about...
Now, I know what you're thinking. He's a bad guy in the locker room. He's a cancer. But most importantly, he's coming back from an injury that nearly ended his career. But that's the point. Since he's coming back from an injury that almost took away his livelihood, he desperately wants to play hockey - anywhere. And since he's coming back from injury, we could get him for a bag of pucks. But here's the best part. Since he didn't play in another league this year, if we sign him, we get him. No going through crap-ass waivers where someone might pick him up.
Again, you're thinking "Hey Dubie, why in flying hell would we wanna sign this clown?" Good question, I have your answers.
1. This is an absolutely ZERO risk signing. Sign him to a 2-way deal, and start him in GR. If he proves that he can still play the game, you have a reliable backup to Howie. If not, oh well, it was worth a shot. Best of luck hanging on somewhere else next year.
2. With the limited amount of options we currently have, he could pan out to be the best backup in the system. Or....he could even be a timeshare guy to push and rest Howie for the playoffs.
3. He'll be in the company of guys who have more Stanley Cup rings combined than he has fingers and toes. He won't be allowed to pull any stunts like he did in Ottawa because this veteran-laden team won't tolerate it. I really don't think this would be a problem anyway, as I think he has grown up a bit since those days, but if he had an episode, he'd be swiftly put in his place - the bench, then Grand Rapids.
I know these are all big IFs, but think about what the results could look like. And again, and possibly most importantly, a giant tool like Garth Snow couldn't claim him on waivers. All Emery wants is a shot right now. I say we give it to him. Why not?