Just hours after signing Schneider, Isbister and Ritchie, the Vancouver Canucks are at it again, this time signing goalie Curtis Sanford to a one year, $600,000 contract. Sanford joins the Canucks after spending his last three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. The Ontario native finished last season with a 3.18 goals against and a .888 save percentage in 31 games.
I think this a great signing by Dave Nonis, Sanford is an excellent back-up and will prosper behind Roberto Luongo this season and for $600,000 you can’t get a much better number two goalie. This move was made in response to losing Dany Sabourin to the Pittsburgh Penguins but even if it came down to choosing between Sanford and Sabourin my decision is pretty clear. I also hope to see Luongo having more days off this season, playing somewhere between 60-70 games and letting Sanford handle the rest.
Nonis is becoming more and more active in this free agent frenzy as the hours go by and I’m excited to see whether he’ll continue to make moves and possibly sign a big name. With the present cap space it isn’t going to be easy but I think Mr. Nonis has a few more tricks up his sleeves.