Whatever Happened to Thibault and Cloutier?

In a previous post we hypothesized what would become of Dan Cloutier, and if you’re following the Sabres you may have wondered what happened to Jocelyn Thibault.  They’re both alive and kicking but neither knows if the NHL is a part of his future.

Pierre LeBrun (I like this guy more and more every time I read his posts or see him on the Hot Stove Lounge) has a good article in ESPN.com on “Meet the Limbo Club“, players who are waiting on the sidelines for a chance to make it back into the NHL.  You can read the full article from the link above but for those of you who are goalie-centric I’ve copied and pasted just the portions relating to Thibault and Cloutier.

Personally I’d love to see Thibault be a late-season pickup, similar to Curtis Joseph going to Calgary last season, if for no other reason than I’d hate to see his last game played wearing that horrible slug logo in Buffalo.  Seriously, does a guy with masks this good deserve to be remembered in a slug jersey?

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Goodbye or Au Revoir to Emery and Cloutier?

Surprising absolutely no one in the hockey world, Ray Emery and Dan Cloutier were placed on waivers today by the Ottawa Senators and LA Kings, respectively.  If the goalies are not picked up then each team can buyout the remainder of their contracts, making them unrestricted free agents.

Sens GM Bryan Murray was generous in disminssing Emery by saying that one day he will get his game turned around and be a good goalie for someone.  Generous, but still a final slap to Emery after a very unsuccesful and turmoil-filled year for Emery, or as he put it himself “the worst year I’ve had – on and off the ice – it just wasn’t enjoyable at all. I learned a lot of things but that’s about it – not too many positives.”  Continue reading