Take that million and put it in Brian Elliot. But seriously, we couldn't get more than a 6th? I guess we could always hope to draft another Alfie in that spot, right?
In all seriousness, this one was inevitable. Elliot showed last year that while he isn't ready to be a #1, he is deserving to be a full-time NHLer. The acquisition of Pascal Leclaire spelled the end for Auld. On the bright side, there are a ton of backups that won't find any work, so that two-year deal was a blessing for him as he'll get spot duty behind Turco.
I'm completely comfortable with Pascal and Elliot. I think we have our first legit #1 in a long time and have no doubt that Murray and his cronies did their due diligence on the kid. After the epic failure of the Gerber experiment, Murray wouldn't take on that kind of salary without knowing that the kid can play. He's young, he's got a great attitude and loves being in Canada, and he's extremely athletic. Think Ray Emery, same amount of swagger but without the posse, traffic incidents, and missed practices. I also don't think Snoop is going to chill with Pascal after concerts. Maybe Roch Voisine will, if he's still kickin' around.