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A Goalie Needed

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The list of potential unrestricted free agents includes goalies who will either re-sign with their clubs, cost more than the Red Wings are willing to spend, or not interested in joining a rebuilding team. That list could include Braden Holtby (Washington), Robin Lehner (Vegas), Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver), Jaroslav Halak (Boston), Corey Crawford (Chicago) and Anton Khudobin (Dallas).

Free-agent goalies who might be a fit for the Red Wings include Cam Talbot (Calgary), Thomas Greiss (Islanders) and Aaron Dell (San Jose).

Another possibility is trading for a goalie. If the Red Wings are considering that option, they will be closely following the Pittsburgh-Montreal qualifying round playoff series that begins on Saturday.

Penguins GM Jimmy Rutherford told The Athletic in May that he might be forced to trade one of his goalies, Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry. Both will be restricted free agents and Pittsburgh has salary cap concerns....

The Penguins could have a difficult decision on who to move. They appear content to go with Casey DeSmith as their backup. He is signed for two more years at a cap hit of $1.25 million.

Jake Allen of St. Louis is another option, after Craig Binnington led the Blues to last year’s Stanley Cup title. The Red Wings rejected the Blues’ offer of Allen for Jimmy Howard near the start of the 2018-19 season. Allen, 29, has one year remaining at a $4.35 million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent.


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Hippy Dave's avatar

Who’s Craig Binnington?  smile

It’s an interesting time to look for a goalie for the Wings - way more free agents than usual this offseason, might be worth the effort to land a good one.  Personally I’d be happy to see Lehner or Markstrom.  It’s interesting that Lehner has been passed from team to team so much despite his above-average performances; there must be a story there.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/27/20 at 01:38 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Greiss wouldn’t be a bad option, either…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/27/20 at 01:38 PM ET


I see little reason the Wings should be making a trade when there are bound to be suitable options via free agency. With the market bound to be down with a level cap, they might even get a bargain or be able to entice someone they normally couldn’t entice.

If they do make a trade, those second round picks shouldn’t be on the table. Being one of the few teams looking for a goaltender should leave the Wings with some leverage.

Posted by evileye on 07/27/20 at 03:34 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I see little reason the Wings should be making a trade when there are bound to be suitable options via free agency.

Yep. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 07/27/20 at 08:56 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I think the Wings should have/get 2 GOOD goalies based on what the teams are showing at Buttman’s Cup playoffs.  I still don’t get how an Ex Goalie GM couldn’t draft a goalie, that might be a sign he didn’t know potential of young talent.

Not sure about UFAs and not a fan of trading young talent and/or for a Vet.  Teams are going with young goalies for the most part and letting their older (expensive) goalies move on.

Oilers have the best player in the NHL and arguably the 2nd best and they are done and golfing after getting knocked out of the qualifying round. No Goalies and no Bottom 6 , I thought was an obvious weakness.

Mrazek seems to be doing well at the tournament.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/09/20 at 03:48 PM ET

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