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Goalie Needed

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Here, in order of sheer panic, is a look at the seven NHL clubs most in need of solidifying their crease in the 2019 off-season. Let that carousel spin.

Carolina Hurricanes

As remarkable as the Canes’ playoff run — three series deep! — was this spring, and as much cap space as budget-conscious Carolina has to manoeuvre (approximately $20 million), next year’s roster is going to look much different.

Regulars Sebastian Aho, Justin Williams, Michael Ferland, Brock McGinn and Greg McKegg are all headed to free agency, and the prices at the Jerk store just went up.

Think the forwards are a puzzle? Carolina was the only NHL club operating without a goalie under contract for 2019-20. Scott Darling’s future as a professional goalie is in question, and the overachieving tandem of Mrazek and McElhinney — who made a paltry $2.35 million combined — is headed toward the open market and significant pay raises.

Behind them is impressive but unproven 23-year-old prospect Alex Nedeljkovic — and he’s an RFA.

We can see Mrazek getting lured by bigger bucks elsewhere, while McElhinney could re-sign short-term for a pay bump.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Did impending UFA Bobrovsky even unstrap his pads before he listed his Columbus condo for sale?

Goalie Bob’s weave out of Ohio to become the most desirable netminder on the open market leaves the Jackets without a sure-shot No. 1 for the first time in eight years.

Complicating matters, neither backup — deadline insurance Keith Kinkaid (UFA) and the underwhelming Joonas Korpisalo (RFA) — has put pen to paperwork for 2019-20....

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WingedRider's avatar

Mrazek and McElhinney should stay put!! Both have had reasonable success and Hurricanes paying only $2.35M ( sign and add a raise for both).

If not take Howard and Bernier for A LOT MORE, better goalies ?? Not so sure

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/18/19 at 01:47 PM ET

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