In today’s NHL rumor mill, a look at potential goalie targets for the Flames, plus the latest on the Blues and Canadiens
List of potential Flames goalie targets.
SPORTSNET 960 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Elliotte Friedman was asked which goalies might become available down the road for the Calgary Flames if they want to get a No. 1 netminder. He suggests Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ben Bishop could be a possibility if Andrei Vasilevskiy takes over as their starter. Winnipeg Jets’ prospect Connor Hellebuyck could force management to make a decision about their goalie choices (Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson). Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen could be a possibility, depending upon how his contract talks go.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately for the Flames, none of those goalies will be available this season. Vasilevskiy is currently on a two-week conditioning stint with the Lightning’s farm team after returning from blood clot surgery, so he’s yet to mount a serious challenge to Bishop’s status as the Bolts’ starter. The Jets aren’t parting with Pavelec or Hutchinson at this point, and I doubt they’ll be shopping either guy during this season. The Ducks aren’t in any rush to move Andersen, who’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer. Indeed, Andersen’s the only player on the struggling Ducks who can hold his head high over his performance (2.05 GAA, .932 SP) this month. He’s not going anywhere.
Blues not shopping for help.
STLTODAY.COM: Tom Timmermann reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong believes replacing sidelined forwards Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny and Patrik Berglund internally is doable, but it’s also difficult, as is trying to replace them via trade. Trading some of the young defensemen in their system for forwards could create a glut up front when Schwartz, Stastny and Berglund all return. Armstrong has brought in UFA forwards Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus for 10-day professional tryouts in hopes one or both can become short-term stopgaps.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The lack of quality talent currently available in the trade market could be another reason why Armstrong is going the PTO route.
Could Canadiens shop defensive prospects?
TSN 690: Darren Dreger was recently asked why teams that are currently struggling defensively aren’t contacting the Montreal Canadiens to inquire about a player like Greg Pateryn or Jarred Tinordi. He said he hasn’t spoken to GM Marc Bergevin about those players, but believes teams could be calling. Dreger also thinks the Habs don’t have a need to showcase those players for a trade right now.