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The Trade: Acquired goaltender Mika Noronen in exchange for a second-round pick in 2006.
Regular Season Statistics: 4 GP, 1 W, 1 L, 3.53 GAA, .870 SV%
Playoff Statistics: Team did not qualify
Currently Playing: Lukko (SM-liiga)
Bust or Success: Bust
No. 1 goaltender Dan Cloutier was lost in late November to knee surgery and the Vancouver Canucks had been riding first-year backup goaltender Alex Auld the entire season until the trade deadline.
Maxime Ouellet was picked up from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick back in December, but he was far from an established National Hockey League goaltender.
Canucks head coach Marc Crawford also had no confidence in the young Ouellet and he wound up only starting in two games.
The Canucks had to pick up an NHL goaltender and Mika Noronen was the guy.
I remember the predictions and how excited the Canucks fans were.
Many thought he was a guy with loads of potential just looking for an opportunity.
They predicted he would become the next Miikka Kiprusoff, in the sense that he would be a Finnish goaltender that comes out of nowhere to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Like Ouellet, Crawford did not show any confidence in Noronen. He would only start in two games.
One of these starts came in the last game of the regular season when it was known the Canucks would not make the playoffs.
Remember? Anson Carter tied the game late and Brendan Morrison scored the winner in overtime? Todd Bertuzzi also scored. It was the last game in a Canucks uniform for these three and Noronen.
The following season, the Canucks had hoped he would return to back up Roberto Luongo. He balked at that idea and has been playing in Europe since.
He was never given a chance to succeed and the Canucks gave up a second-round pick for this guy, so bust.