So Now We Have a Crowded Goalie Market

12/11/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers

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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