Thursday, June 17, 2004

Columbus Signs Irbe

Goalie Arturs Irbe was acquired the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes for "future considerations.". Irbe spent six years in Carolina and though he helped lead the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002 (a loss to Detroit), he was no longer starting in Carolina. Kevin Weekes has taken over the starting goalie role.

Whether this move marks a challenge to Mark Denis' starting spot or simply is an attempt to upgrade the back-up spot, previously held by Fred Brathwaite, remains to be seen. Irbe has been a solid goalie, so the move should improve the team.

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