You heard it here first. A few days ago I wondered why teams would take a chance on Dominik Hasek and not someone like Arturs Irbe.
Columbus answered the bell and traded for him.
I’m guessing he’ll be backing up starter Marc Denis, with the hope he’ll emerge as a starter or push Denis to greater heights.
I’m curious what this means for Fred Brathwaite, Denis’ backup last season, who only had four wins in 21 games. Irbe was actually playing in the ECHL last year, so he’s a pretty big risk. Who knows if he’s ready for the NHL. Or if he’ll ever be ready. So maybe Columbus will hold onto a few goalies and see who floats and who sinks.