With coaching camps on the horizon, there are nonetheless some goaltending conditions across the NHL which might be unsettled. Accordingly, these groups could also be planning on choosing up a second goaltender on waivers in the course of the preseason as Montreal did with Samuel Montembeault final season. With that in thoughts, let’s study who may be searching for a goalie and which groups have a netminder that could possibly be of curiosity.
Arizona: The Coyotes have one in all their two goalies locked up for 3 years in Karel Vejmelka however after that, there may be nothing however query marks. Farmhands Jon Gillies and Ivan Prosvetov have some NHL expertise however Gillies struggled final season with New Jersey and Prosvetov hasn’t posted a .900 SV% within the final two seasons within the minors. Cap area isn’t a problem for them to allow them to have a look at any of the choices obtainable on waivers or tackle a nasty contract for added compensation.
Chicago: Proper now, Alex Stalock is their backup goalie. He has missed many of the final two seasons battling his approach again from myocarditis and struggled significantly within the minors final 12 months. Granted, the Blackhawks definitely aren’t in win-now mode however in an ideal world, they’d like Arvid Soderblom to have an uninterrupted 12 months with AHL Rockford. Presently, he’s third on the depth chart but when there’s an opportunity to herald a low-cost second-stringer and push Stalock into the spot of being the one to be recalled if an harm arises, they may wish to take it. The waiver wire could possibly be the prospect so as to add that.
Philadelphia: With Ivan Fedotov being blocked from going to North America this season because of a navy dedication, the Flyers are going to have to show to Plan B. Felix Sandstrom is at the moment their second choice however he has simply 5 profession NHL appearances beneath his belt. They’re seeking to be extra aggressive this season so this could possibly be a spot for an improve. Granted, Sandstrom would then must be waived to be despatched again to Lehigh Valley however that will have been the case if Fedotov had been capable of play so it’s a threat they may be comfy with.
In fact, an harm or two in the course of the preseason may add to the record of suitors within the coming weeks as nicely.
Groups That May Lose A Goalie
For the aim of this train, the main target goes to be on both younger goalies that could possibly be interesting or veterans with some latest NHL expertise that would fill a spot.
Malcolm Subban was introduced again to be the veteran to associate with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in AHL Rochester however he has 86 video games of NHL expertise beneath his belt and a deal that’s solely $100K above the league minimal. He has been a full-time backup going again to his time with Vegas which might additionally bolster his possibilities of probably being claimed.
Dallas: Proper now, Anton Khudobin seems to be the odd one out once more with Jake Oettinger and Scott Wedgewood set to be the goalie duo for the Stars. Khudobin is now within the ultimate 12 months of his deal which carries a $3.33MM AAV. It wouldn’t be surprising if he cleared waivers but when Dallas needs to unlock a bit of additional cash for Jason Robertson’s contract, they’ll be calling Arizona to see what it could price for them to take that contract on.
Pheonix Copley has cleared waivers with none considerations the final couple of years but in addition was on an expensive contract for a third-string choice. Now, he’s on a way more palatable deal ($825K) and is coming off a powerful season in AHL Hershey. The 30-year-old was the backup for the Capitals again in 2018-19.
Nashville: That is probably the most attention-grabbing one to control. Though Connor Ingram held his personal within the playoffs for the Preds, they nonetheless went and introduced in Kevin Lankinen on a one-year, $1.5MM deal. That’s rather a lot to pay a third-string choice so it may put Ingram in jeopardy. Nevertheless, in the event that they attempt to sneak Ingram by, there’s an excellent likelihood he’ll be claimed, particularly with an AAV that’s beneath the minimal. Carrying three goalies is a chance however usually not very best so one thing might need to present right here.
New York (R): The Rangers went and introduced in Louis Domingue on a two-year contract to be their insurance coverage coverage however he may enchantment to another groups as nicely. He did alright within the playoffs for Pittsburgh and has 142 video games of NHL expertise over elements of two seasons. Each years are one-way which was more likely to attempt to deter different groups from claiming him however with an AAV of simply $775K, he could appeal to some curiosity.
Seattle: With Martin Jones becoming a member of the Kraken as their backup, that’s going to push each Joey Daccord and Magnus Hellberg to the waiver wire. Daccord was seen as a doable NHL choice not way back and at 26, there may nonetheless be some upside after a robust season with AHL Charlotte. Hellberg, in the meantime, has been dominant within the KHL the previous couple of years which prompted Detroit to present him a short look down the stretch final season. Different groups may need to have a look as nicely relying on how issues go over the following few weeks.
Mikhail Berdin is the one goalie on this record that doesn’t have any NHL expertise however at 24, he’s additionally the youngest on this group. If a rebuilding workforce needs to try a youthful backup to see if there’s one thing there, that is the kind of goalie they’d most likely wish to go for.
In fact, there will likely be different goalies that can hit the waiver wire within the coming weeks that could possibly be of curiosity to groups as nicely relying on what transpires over the preseason. There received’t be a ton of waiver exercise between the pipes — there hardly ever is — however one or two of those gamers could possibly be altering groups within the coming weeks.