Over the last 24 hours, numerous goalies became available throughout the league. We already discussed the availability of Jaroslav Halak here, but there are a few interesting options popping up.
John Fontana with Raw Charge wonders if the Lightning are shopping goalie Mike Smith. With solid depth in the minors and a significant amount of money owed to Smith this season and next (2.4 million cap hit) it may make sense to move the talented netminder. With the 27-year-old playing six of the last nine Lightning games, it certainly makes sense that the team would be shopping him.
Likewise, the Florida Panthers listed goalie Tomas Vokoun as available according to Chris Botta of Fanhouse. Botta points out that top prospect Jacob Markstrom seems poised to join the club after this season leaving them with what they would consider two top goaltenders. Markstrom is certainly the future of the organization, but if he needs more time to develop the Panthers may have another lost year on their hands.
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This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:
- Semyon Varlamov injured, as a result Michael Neuvirth was recalled from Hershey. Not an injury, but Matt Bradley also is not travelling with the team. [Capitals Insider]
- Mathieu Perreault ill and may not play. If that is the case, John Erskine will play. [In the Room]
- Andrej Sekera out tonight. Nathan Paetsch replaced him on D with Nathan Gerbe getting the callup. [Sabres Edge]
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
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This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Here are your wounded bodies and expected starters for tonight:
New York Rangers
- Henrik Lundqvist expected to start.
- Same rangers team as last night. Meaning no Brandon Dubinsky, Donald Brashear or Wade Redden and Lundqvist confirmed. [Blue Notes]
Detroit Red Wings
- Going by the “you win, you’re in” tactics of coach Randy Carlyle I would expect Jean-Sebastien Giguere to start tonight.
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The New York Rangers claimed center Erik Christensen off waivers while putting backup goalie Steve Valiquette on, says Newsday’s Steve Zipay. Christensen found himself on waivers earlier in the year and went unclaimed, probably due to his meager showing of zero points with a minus three rating in nine games. Clearly Ducks management felt Chipchura was a better alternative down the middle.
Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record spoke with John Tortorella on the issue, and found out adding Christensen is a result of an undisclosed injury to Donald Brashear. However, Torts also said the move should motivate Brian Boyle to step up his game when the team is healthy. Boyle may find himself on the block if his play does not improve in the coach’s eyes.
No stranger to the Atlantic Division, Christensen played parts of three season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before getting shipped to Atlanta as part of the Marian Hossa deal. In the 2006-2007 season, the 25-year-old posted career highs in practically every category finishing the year with 18 goals and 33 points.
The larger question could be, why do the Rangers need a better backup goalie? Vally sports a 2-3-0 record with one shutout, a 3.74 GAA and .852 SV% in six games, below average marks in every category. The necessity for a better backup could have something to do with star goaltender not remotely playing as well as his career marks. For now Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson fills in for the journeyman as he tries to regain his form in Hartford.
Do you think Lundqvist should be traded?
I certainly do not and with his value lower than usual I cannot see GM Glen Sather getting adequate compensation for the Swede.