Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jackets Unsure If They'll Sign Corbeil

The Columbus Blue Jackets still haven’t made a decision on whether or not they’ll sign Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender Mathieu Corebil.

"We'll evaluate him in the Memorial Cup and make a decision," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch. "Not sure right now."

Corbeil was excellent in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League post-season, going 16-0-1 with a 2.18 goals against average and a 0.917 save percentage. He went 37-10-1 in the regular season with a 2.38 GAA and a 0.911 SV%. Despite the solid numbers, the Jackets, like many, wonder if he is legitimately as good as those numbers show or if he is benefiting from playing with an all-star team.

“Two weeks ago, the Blue Jackets seemed to be leaning away from signing Corbeil,” writes the Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline. “These days it seems to be leaning back the other direction, though no decision has been made.”

The Jackets recently announced that they would not be signing Rimouski Oceanic forward Petr Straka.

Remember, this is the Columbus Blue Jackets we're talking about here, so anything could happen.


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  2. Why would they want to take a shot at Corbeil? I mean they're clearly set in goal for years to come with the likes of lifelong second stringer Curtis Sanford backing up superstar netminder Steve Mason (who clocked a fantastic .894SV% and a 3.39GAA for the 2011-2012 year...)

  3. How were Corbeil's numbers in Halifax?

  4. They would seriously be stupid to not sign him.

  5. Peter H;

    A couple of things... don't knock Sanford, at least he performed above expectation. I'd say his career numbers are respectable. No, he is not a starter, but give him some credit as a reliable back up. Now, Steve Mason performed well below expectation... year after year, for the past three. As for Corbeil, nice he did so well in the Q, BUT junior hockey is a far cry from the pro ranks... especially the NHL.