– NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 30, 2023
Joonas Korpisalo’s difficult series in net was one of the reasons why the Californians ended up losing. Acquired at the trade deadline, he did an honest job on the whole, but had a difficult end to the series that nailed his team’s coffin shut.
It was the second consecutive year of questionable performance in front of the net for the Kings, and with Korpisalo set to become a free agent, the team will need to find its #1 goaltender for next season. Pheonix Copley is an option, of course, but if I had to go out on a limb, I’d expect the club to be very aggressive in going after a big goalie, like Connor Hellebuyck or Linus Ullmark.
So getting a big goalie to help the club out makes sense, especially since that’s where the Kings are weak right now. In the long term, Erik Portillo may be an option, but until then, we’ll need a short-term option.
And that’s where the two goalies come in.
Hellebuyck has just suffered elimination again with the Jets, and clearly, he doesn’t seem interested in being part of a rebuild. His words, not mine.
Connor Hellebuyck: “I’m not interested in a rebuild”.
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) April 30, 2023
And if the Jets were willing to take Cal Petersen’s contract (and Petersen doesn’t have the Jets on his list of 10 teams he doesn’t want to be traded to), it could make things even easier.
Otherwise, as for Ullmark, we know that the Bruins will have to get creative to meet the salary cap next season. One way to help out might be to trade Ullmark to make Jeremy Swayman the team’s #1 goalie next season.
What’s more, the Bruins also have young Brandon Bussi within the organization who could make the jump. Trading Ullmark becomes a very real possibility for them.
However, Ullmark has two more contract years at $5 million per year and can submit a list of 16 teams to which he refuses to be traded. If the Kings don’t make the list, he could be a good option for the next two years (and mentor Portillo when he gets to the NHL).
And if they can pass on Petersen to another team in the process (even if it means giving away one of their many young forwards), it’ll be worth it.
– He may have a better series than Connor McDavid, but that doesn’t make him a better player.
– TSN 690 Radio (@TSN690) May 5, 2023
– Signing in Tampa Bay.
The #TBLightning sign Mikey Eyssimont to a two-year extension carrying an $800,000 AAV. It’s a one-way deal.
Eyssimont could have been a Group 6 UFA this summer.
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 5, 2023
– He hasn’t paid his taxes.
For a VERY intriguing reason…🤔 https://t.co/OpUcikg60k
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 5, 2023
– Masataka Yoshida is in great form (much to the delight of the Red Sox). My text on the subject.
For the past two weeks, he’s been arguably the best hitter in the majors. https://t.co/kUb1z5uAUr
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) May 5, 2023
– Very nice gesture on his part.
The Slovenian has strong family ties to Serbia. https://t.co/GwFLl1gwGI
– AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) May 5, 2023
– Great performance for Russell.