Thursday, February 8, 2001
Canucks get Cloutier for Aucoin, draft pick
VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Vancouver Canucks' search
for a goaltender landed them Tampa Bay's Dan Cloutier on Wednesday.
Vancouver acquired the 24-year-old goaltender from the Lightning
in exchange for defenseman Adrian Aucoin and a second-round draft
In 24 games with the Lightning this year, Cloutier has a 3-13-3
record, 3.52 goals against average, .891 save percentage and one
"Dan Cloutier is a quality young goaltender who we believe will fit well with our team chemistry," Vancouver general manager Brian Burke said. "He was a high draft choice and has gained valuable experience in a relatively short period of time. He's won at the junior and international level and we look forward to having him in our lineup."
Cloutier, 24, is playing his fourth NHL season after being
selected by the New York Rangers in the first round, 26th overall,
of the 1994 draft. In 110 career NHL games, Cloutier has a 22-56-10
record with a 3.22 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.
"We're not putting a label on him and saying he's the No. 1
guy, but given the assets we've given up, down the road we would
expect that to happen," Burke said of Cloutier. "Right now he's
coming in to shore up the position."
The acquisition comes with Felix Potvin, the Canucks' designated
starter coming out of training camp, struggling to a 14-17-3 record
while starting most of the games on a team that is 28-18-4-4.
Backup Bob Essensa is 14-5-1 despite making 16 fewer starts and has
taken over as the starting goaltender in recent weeks.
Burke said he would sit down with Potvin on Thursday and give
him the option of reporting to minor-league Kansas City for a
two-week conditioning stint or being placed on waivers. Burke made
it clear the Canucks have no intention of carrying three
goaltenders in Vancouver. Potvin is making $2.7 million on a
Aucoin, 27, recorded three goals, 13 assists and a plus-13
rating in 47 games with Vancouver this season. He tied an NHL
record for defensemen with 18 power-play goals two seasons ago,
when he finished with 23 goals overall.
"Adrian is a very good defenseman with great offensive
instincts," Lightning general manager Rick Dudley said. "He's
someone who has also displayed the ability to play solid defensive
hockey, which is evidenced by his plus-13 rating."
Aucoin, the longest-serving member of the Canucks with 341
games, was benched for a pair of games before the All-Star break,
leading to speculation he would be traded.
The Canucks already were without Scott Lachance, who sprained
his knee Jan. 28, and have recalled defenseman Greg Hawgood from
minor-league Kansas City to replace Aucoin. Hawgood played 15 games
with Vancouver this year, recording two goals and five assists.
Vancouver also sent 23-year-old center Josh Holden to Kansas