With some movement (and lack thereof) as to resolving some goaltending situations on draft day, there is still a number of players that will need homes and homes that need filling. By my estimation, there are 15 teams with definite goaltending questions, if not at the starter position, then the backup.
Here is a tour around the league at teams with unsettled goaltending situations:
Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask is a RFA and is likely to be resigned, but the contracts signed by Mike Smith and Sergei Bobrovsky drive up his price and makes things difficult for the Bruins. Backup Anton Khudobin is set to become unrestricted on Friday.
Calgary Flames: If rumors of Miikka Kiprusoff‘s retirement are true, then the Flames have a big hole to fill. They have Joey McDonald and rookie Reto Berra in the system, but is that enough to get them through a rebuild?
Nashville Predators: Rinne is in place, but who backs him up?
PLAYERS WHO MIGHT BE ON THE MOVE & POTENTIAL LANDING SPOTS:
Ilya Bryzgalov – Bought out by the Flyers, could land with the Islanders, Oilers, Flames
Tim Thomas – Does he want to play? The Islanders have the option to make him play for them or they can let him walk. Could land with Islanders, Flyers
Evgeni Nabokov – Leaving the Isles to test free agency. Could find work in Edmonton, Calgary, Philadelphia or back with the Islanders
Jose Theodore – Probably a backup option could go to any number of clubs as a depth goalie – Nashville, San Jose, Chicago, Columbus
Ray Emery – An affordable option for Philly, the Islanders, Edmonton or Calgary
THE BACKUP SHUFFLE – GOALIES WHO WILL BE KNOCKING ON DOORS
Al Montoya, Nikolai Khabibulin, Mathieu Garon, Jason LaBarbera, Brian Boucher, Michael Leighton, Chris Mason, Dan Ellis and Thomas Greiss will be among the goalies looking for backup work around the league.