Today, the Vancouver Canucks announced that they have hired former Los Angeles Kings netminder Dan Cloutier as a goaltending consultant. With his new position, Cloutier will join the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Chicago tomorrow as training camp is set to begin there.


Despite beginning his career with the New York Rangers, Cloutier, now 36, spent the majority of his professional career with the Canucks, spending six of his twelve NHL seasons in Vancouver. Before Vancouver, Cloutier spent a year-and-a-half with the then-hapless Tampa Bay Lightning.


Cloutier finished his NHL career in Los Angeles where he spent parts two forgettable seasons with the Kings. In 33 games with the Kings, Cloutier amassed an 8-18-3 record with 3.71 goals-against average. While the Kings were going through a transitional period, spending much of their time as one of the league's bottom-feeders, Cloutier's erratic play certainly didn't help matters in Los Angeles.


Nevertheless, congratulations to Dan Cloutier on his job and for all those Kings fans who despite Cloutier when he donned the purple-and-black or even before that, this news has given Kings fans all the more incentive to loathe those hated Canucks.