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Blue Jackets Looking For A #1 Goalie

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

So, the Blue Jackets need at least a No. 1, a No. 3-4 and a No. 5. If Mason gets traded, they’ll need a No. 1, 2, 3-4, and a 5. (Anybody heard from Jean-Francois Labbe lately?)

Do the Jackets want Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo? Don’t rule it out, although that contract term—10 years at a $5.33 million cap hit, according to CapGeek.com—is an albatross. He would not be the Blue Jackets’ first choice. He’s 33 years old. That contract is written for a late-in-term buyout.

Nashville will trade goaltender Anders Lindback this summer, mark it down. Columbus would certainly be interested, although trading within the division might be tricky. Guessing the Predators would rather not face Lindback six times a year for the next decade.

Los Angeles will likely move goaltender Jonathan Bernier, but the Jackets have always seemed lukewarm on him.

Among the free agents to keep in mind: Jonas Gustavsson, TOR; Josh Harding, MINN; Scott Clemmensen, FLA; Martin Biron, NYR.


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Thinking in order of who goes first:

Only because Minnesota and Nashville will have pick of the litter when it comes to trading partners.

Bernier and Luongo are going to be hard sells, with the teams who are letting them depart wanting major returns. Kings are set though with Zatkoff and Martin in the wings. Zatkoff may be trade bait as well due to his need of a contract.

Biron played awesome, but is getting up there in age and Clemmensen isn’t rock solid.

Posted by Habsolutely from Halifax NS on 06/04/12 at 07:31 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

i highly doubt luongo would waive his ntc to go to columbus.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/04/12 at 08:37 PM ET

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