Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pens acquire G Mathieu Garon

The Pens acquired goalie Mathieu Garon from the Edmonton Oilers today in exchange for G Dany Sabourin, F Ryan Stone and a 4th round pick in the 2011 draft.

Garon was brought in to be the backup to Fleury. I'm not sure why they made the move, other than the fact that they like Garon more than Sabu. Both players are unrestricted free agents after the season, and Garon costs about double what Sabu costs.

Garon is a bit smaller than Sabu, and is an excellent shootout goalie. He was the best in the NHL last year, stopping 30 of 32 skaters and going 10-0 in shootouts. He was the starter last year for Edmonton, but hasn't played well this year on a consistent basis.

Ryan Stone joins the list of players inherited by GM Ray Shero that were never able to find their niche here in Pittsburgh (Filewich and Carcillo to a lesser degree).

Good luck to both Sabu and Stone in their new uniforms. Here's hoping Garon can provide some capable starts behind Flower.

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