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David Aebischer was once a pretty decent goaltender. In 2003-04 with the Avalanche (the year after Patrick Roy's retirement), he posted a 32-19-9 record with a fairly amazing 2.09 GAA. Granted, he was backstopping one of the greatest lineups in the history of hockey, but he put in some good work.
After that, it was all down hill. His numbers have consistent worsened since then, and he spent most of last season as the Canadiens' under-played backup. How did he become a Canadien, you ask? He was traded for Jose Theodore by the Avs in 2005-06. Yeah, remember that trade?
At any rate, Aebischer has now signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, and he will probably become their starting netminder, considering the only other guy they have to play in net is Mikael Tellqvist (11-11-3, 3.39 GAA, .885 SV%). Just a hunch, but I have a feeling that coach Gretzky won't be making his first behind-the-bench appearance in the playoffs anytime soon.
And you can bet on that.