Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sea Dogs Release Fournier

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs have made a decision on the team’s goaltending situation.

The Sea Dogs announced this afternoon that goaltender Alex Fournier has been released from the active roster. He spent all of last season with the club but has not seen any action this year due to an injury.

As backup to Sebastien Auger, Fournier certainly had his struggles last season. He posted a 1-13 record with a 5.52 goals against average and a 0.856 save percentage. He also appeared in one game of Saint John’s first-round playoff series against the Halifax Mooseheads.

Fournier, 18, definitely got better as the season went along. Could he have posted good numbers this season? It’s certainly possible. Plenty of people forget all the struggles Auger had in his first year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and look at him now.

But the play of Antoine Landry, 17, this pre-season and in the two games this past weekend would make it difficult to justify keeping Fournier over Landry. The fact that Landry is a year younger than Fournier likely played some kind of factor in this move as well.

So now that the backup situation is settled, we can now turn our attention to the Auger trade rumours that will no doubt start in the coming months. 

The Sea Dogs now have 25 players on their active roster heading into action this weekend. Saint John holds their home opener on Saturday night against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

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  1. Rumors starting in a couple of months.....Already heard a few lol.

  2. Auger won't be traded, you'll see him and Anderson back as 20's next year, permitting Anderson has a good season.

  3. Anderson will be a great 20 next year. Jason Cameron, the worst Q player in the history of the league is one of our 20's this year. Anderson will be like Mike Hoffman compared to that scrub.