37-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
David Aebischer Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with Winnepeg in October of 2011.
Aebischer has signed a deal to play with the Jets' AHL affiliate, James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail reports.
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Aebischer is long-removed from his days as a reliable, NHL-caliber starter. Do not expect him to make an appearance with the Jets this year. He last appeared in the NHL with Phoenix in the 2007-08 season and has spent the majority of his time since then playing for HC Lugano in his native Switzerland. He played 31 games with St. John's of the AHL last year with a 15-12-2 record.
After a disappointing season where he was replaced by Cristobel Huet as the number one goaltender in Montreal, and subsuquently replaced by the backup Jaroslav Halak after Huet went down with a hamstring injury, Aebischer looks to resurrect his career in a Coyotes Jersey. He'll have to earn the spot, though, as he will compete with three other goaltenders for consideration as the number one goaltender. The jury is still out whether or not he can return to his earlier form.
Between the Avalanche and Canadiens, Aebischer was 29-17-2 last season with a 3.09 GAA and .899 SV %. That kind of play will not enable him to surpass Cristobal Huet as the the top goalie in Montreal. Moreover, Huet is more technically sound while Aebischer gives up too many rebounds. With a mediocre defense it's a no-brainer to play the goalie who gives up less rebs. Thus Huet will have to get hurt or play poorly for an extended stretch of games in order for Aebischer to wrest the starting job away from him.
Aebischer should win at least 30 games this year as the team's added some talented defensive forwards and can still score with most of the league's clubs.