One of the first questions Canadiens management will have to answer is the goaltender situation.
David Aebischer stated that he wants to stay in Montreal but only if he can be a #1 and start 50 or 60 games.
Cristobal Huet is up for a contract renewal and he surely deserves a raise over his $456 000 modest salary.
When Bob Gainey traded Jose Theodore for David Aebsicher it was first speculated that Aebischer was just part of a larger deal that would soon follow. He was not and the Canadiens competed down the stretch with 2 “startable” goaltenders . Aebischer did see some minor action and received major criticism after a slow start.
What will the Habs do? If Aebischer is making demands and the Canadiens management feel better about Cristobal Huet as their #1 then Aebischer may be packed up and shipped out in the off season. With confidence in Yann Danis and Carey Price further down the line the Habs goaltending future is the least of their concerns.
Yann Danis could back up Cristobal Huet at the start of the next season and fill in the backup role quite nicely.
Aebischer could still be a hot commodity for teams desperate for goaltending and maybe packaged with some of the more expandable Canadiens be good enough to acquire a real player in return.
Can you see the Canadiens snubbing Cristobal Huet and starting next season with David Aebischer? Doubtful.