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7/25/2006 4:43:46 PM

SUNRISE, Fla. (CP) - Ed Belfour has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers.

The 41-year-old goaltender became a free agent this summer when the Toronto Maple Leafs chose not to pick up an option on his contract.

Belfour has been recovering from back surgery in April and had previously been linked with the Detroit Red Wings.

In Florida, he'll likely split goaltending duties with Alex Auld.

Belfour's 457 career victories rank second in NHL history.
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if he took over the starting role from Alex Auld. He has a much better team in Florida this year than he had in Toronto last year, and Auld is inconsistent. he has problems with lateral movement, despite being such a big goaltender.

I thin kthis signing can only help the team and Auld.
 

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Belfour has a history of back problems and is 41 years old. I predict his back will go out again and will be forced to retire before the playoffs start. He should have retired.
 

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You can't put enough value on a veteran presence in goal.
Which is why I think it's a great signing at the price he was paid.

Auld will eventually be their number one, regardless.
Mind you I feel that both of these goaltenders will get quite a few games next season.
 
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