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Garrioch talks goalies, coaches and Oilers moving Nail

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch didn't pen a Sunday rumor column, but he more than makes up for that this morning by handicaping "the goalie market," suggesting that the Edmonton Oilers may move Nail Yakupov and tossing off coaching scoops:

While all eyes are on the Eastern and Western Conference finals, there is plenty of chatter that matters taking place with as many as 10 teams either trying to shore up their goaltending or thinking about the possibility before free agency on July 5.

League sources say the No. 1 goalie market is wide open with Philadelphia, Florida, Edmonton, Washington, Buffalo, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Calgary, Minnesota and the Islanders trying to decide on a direction to take.

Much of the focus has been what the Canucks will do with Roberto Luongo, but he’s not the only question mark.

Are the Sabres ready to move Ryan Miller? Can Ben Bishop be the No. 1 for Tampa? Is Miikka Kiprusoff ready to retire in Calgary or will return to honour the final year of his contract?

It doesn’t stop there, either. Are the Oilers sold on Devan Dubnyk as their top goalie? Is Florida ready to give Jakob Markstrom the job, or do they bring back Jose Theodore for one more year? Will Tim Thomas try to return?

“There’s a lot of teams in the market,” said a league executive on the weekend.


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