Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Last season, Andrew Raycroft started as Kari Lehtonen’s backup. After Lehtonen missed some time with an injury, it was clear that Raycroft wasn’t the answer in net.
Bachman was called up from the Texas Stars and when Lehtonen came back, Raycroft was sent down to the minors in Bachman’s place.
During the season, Bachman went 8-5-1, but his .911 save percentage and 2.74 goals against were a major improvement over Raycroft’s .898/3.52 line.
Bachman also spent time backing up Jimmy Howard during the IIHF World Championships in Finland. The experience added there will no doubt be beneficial.
Add all of that to Lehtonen coming off of a career season, and it makes for a solid duo between the pipes.
Since the Stars play in a division with Mike Smith and Jonathan Quick, solid goaltending is a must to keep up in the division.
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