Sunday’s contest between the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks featured an interesting goaltender’s duel: in net for the Canucks was Cory Schneider, arguably the best backup of Vancouver’s post-lockout era. In net for the Senators was Alex Auld, arguably the second-best.
It was neat seeing a blast from the past in Auld, and it instantly caused me to think back over all of the other backup netminders the Canucks have employed since the 2004-05 work stoppage. There have been 12 in total, although many did little more than warm the bench. Matt Climie, Eddie Lack, Drew MacIntyre, and Rob McVicar, for instance, were merely there to fill the seat while the backup got the start and the starter nursed an injury, and only McVicar got into the game, his NHL career beginning and ending in three short minutes of shotless action.
A handful of the others had more memorable stints on the west coast, however, and with that in mind, PITB counts down the five best backups of the post-lockout Vancouver Canucks.Continue Reading —›