Carolina Hurricanes: Ghosts of Goaltenders Past

27 Nov 2001: Goaltender Tom Barrasso #35 of the Carolina Huricanes guards the net during the NHL game against the Toronto Malple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Hurricanes defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2001 NHLI Mandatory Credit: Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI
27 Nov 2001: Goaltender Tom Barrasso #35 of the Carolina Huricanes guards the net during the NHL game against the Toronto Malple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Hurricanes defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2001 NHLI Mandatory Credit: Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI /
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30 Jan 1999: Trevor Kidd #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes practices his blocking before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Molson Centre in Montreal, Canada. The Hurricanes defeated the Canadiens 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
30 Jan 1999: Trevor Kidd #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes practices his blocking before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Molson Centre in Montreal, Canada. The Hurricanes defeated the Canadiens 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport /

Final Thoughts

I don’t know why I do these goaltending retrospectives, I feel like I get a fresh ulcer every time I do.  As a lifelong fan of the Carolina Hurricanes, you’d think I’d be immune to such things, but here we are.  Let this be a lesson to all newer fans: goaltending woes are nothing new to this franchise (check out my earlier article chronicling Cam Ward’s multitude of backups for more evidence).

Through trades and free agency, the Hurricanes tried their luck with declining veterans, journeymen, and reclamation projects, all to varying degrees of success.  Thankfully we had Irbe and Weekes in the midst of this or things would look much direr.

Here’s to the best for the Hurricanes current crop of tenders as we remember the woe and desperation of years gone by.

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In closing, which goalie had you relegated to the darkest pits of mental purgatory?  Which one were you excited to see join the Hurricanes?  Who were you glad to see go?  Who bought Jablonski’s practice pads?