Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lake Erie Monsters lose a great player to Free Agency

July 1st came and went without some surprise signings, including Ville Leino signing with Buffalo Sabres and J.S. Giguere signing with Colorado. With all the free agents around it may be hard to remember some of them were minor league players. A few free agents that were checking out the market included guys like Greg Mauldin, David Van der Gulik and Jason Bacashihua from Lake Erie Monsters . Well one of those players has signed with another team.

Late last night word spread on Twitter from Mile High Hockey that the Phoenix Coyotes signed free agent goaltender Jason Bacashihua. Bacashihua played in Lake Erie on two seperate occasions and last season helped the Monsters get to their first playoff appearance in franchise history.

Returning to the team after leaving in 2009 to play for the AHL Hershey Bears, Bacashihua played in 42 games for the Monsters recording a 23-16 record with a 2.29 goals against average. He is versatile, he has great hands as he flash the leather and moves well east to west. He is also a great goaltender, knowing when to come out of the net to cut off the angles or to play the puck.

Bacashihua is familiar with moving around, getting drafted way back in the 2000's by the Dallas Stars he has moved around to a bunch of cities. One move included a brief two season stint in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. Now he will get a chance to play again in the "bigs" when he works he way through the system after he signs a two way contract with the Coyotes.

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