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Backup goaltender John Curry has signed with the Hamburg Freezers of the German DEL, this according to their team's website. I didn't expect Curry to be playing in Wilkes-Barre next season but I'm surprised that he won't be playing in North America in 2011-12. That makes the second Penguins player in a week to sign overseas in Germany (Steve Wagner).
More details and insights on what the Pens can do now in searching for a goalie to back up Brad Thiessen after the jump.
The departure of Curry leaves the Penguins system with three goalies: Brad Thiessen (RFA), Patrick Killeen and Mattias Modig.
Curry's departure also nearly guarantees that Thiessen will be re-signed and be the Penguins top goalie in Wilkes-Barre next season. What isn't clear is who will be backing him up in 2011-12.
Both Killeen and Modig are unproven and the organization's best bet is to add a veteran goalie through free agency in July. A veteran capable of playing at least 30-35 games, in case of injury or recall. It shouldn't be too hard to attract a few guys like that, considering the WBS Penguins have a ton of selling points including a good fan base, top of the line practice facilities, great coaching staff, etc.
It will be interesting to see who will be #2 in Wilkes-Barre next season. Right now, I would put Killeen ahead of Modig on the depth chart. That could change in training camp and the pre-season however.