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by Paul on 05/28/12 at 08:55 PM ET
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The 30 GMs will gather for their annual meeting in New York Wednesday as the Stanley Cup final begins. That’s where teams will start to set the table for changes before the draft June 22-23 in Pittsburgh.
While the Senators will likely try to deal blueliner Sergei Gonchar — who has one year left at $5.5 million, to make room for Erik Karlsson’s new deal — there could be a lot of attention paid to the club’s depth in net.
At least three teams — Columbus, Toronto and Tampa — are looking to shore up goaltending before the draft. There could be a fourth if the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup and Martin Brodeur decides to retire on top.
Senators No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson won’t be going anywhere after coming off a standout season and with three years left on his contract.
However, the Jackets, Leafs and Bolts may covet either Ottawa backup Ben Bishop or top prospect Robin Lehner.
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