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.
Buffalo Sabres: Still quietly looking to move Ryan Miller and his $6.25M cap hit. Would likely need to get a cheaper goalie to help Jonas Enroth carry the load.
Philadelphia Flyers: Right now they have Steve Mason and nothing else. They will also be shopping to finally solve the Achilles heel of the franchise.
Winnipeg Jets: Will be looking for a quality backup for Ondrej Pavelec.
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?
Chicago Blackhawks: If Ray Emery walks as a UFA, who backs up Crawford?
Edmonton Oilers: Were after Schneider, so is their confidence in Devan Dubnyk waning? And even if it is not, who backs up DD?
Nashville Predators: Rinne is in place, but who backs him up?
St. Louis Blues: Too many goalies is a good problem to have, but with so many free agents, can they get value back for Jaroslav Halak?
Vancouver Canucks: With Roberto Luongo back in the driver’s seat, is Eddie Lack a legitimate backup?
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.