Are the Hawks showcasing Khabibulin? Coach Denis Savard will give the net to the Bullin Wall, once again, tonight when they face the Coyotes in ChiTown.
Huet was in goal for 2 of the first 3 games, but Savard keeps alternating his two goaltenders even if Huet signed a lucrative long-term contract this summer with the Hawks and Khabibulin was put on waivers, finding no takers.
Colorado: With Andrew Raycroft and Peter Budaj, the Avs are on a sinking ship. After 3 starts, Budaj is posting a miserable .824 save %, along with a 4.38 GAA in 3 games, which the Avs all lost.
Los Angeles: Yes,Jason Labarbera is doing very good right now, but he has not proven he can offer quality starts over the long run. Should the Kings still be in contention in December and Labarbera falter, they might trade for the veteran goalie.
NYIslanders: With a fringe Rick Dipietro nursing injuries, the Isles might be forced to make a move should Dipietro miss an extended period of time as McDonald and Danis are NHL back-ups at best.
Ottawa: With Martin Gerber having problems to stay sharp during a full 60-minute and allowing weak 3rd period goals, you have to wonder if Bryan Murray will try to acquire a proven goalie sooner than later.
Tampa Bay: The goalie tandem of Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig will see plenty of pucks this season in TB. Smith is an unproven NHL starter and Kolzig is over-the-hill. Bryan Lawton is not a patient GM. See the trade with Vancouver for Krajicek and the Malik signing.