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The goalie market is finally getting moving, according to Elliotte Friedman

I don’t know about you, but personally, I can’t wait for Kent Hughes to find a solution for his goaltending.

Since the start of the year, the team has been running with three goalies and it’s getting heavy. Heavy for the fans, heavy for the main players (even if they won’t say so publicly) and heavy for the players.

At least, since the signing of Samuel Montembeault, the Quebecer is playing more games and is clearly this team’s number one.

But according to Elliotte Friedman earlier this evening, the NHL goaltending market is heating up.

So the Habs’ three-man rotation could be in its last moments.

Why is the market suddenly active?

Because earlier today, Antti Raanta was placed in waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. My colleague Michael Petit published an excellent analysis of this transaction.

The Hurricanes are therefore looking to the four corners of the NHL for a solution in front of the net. According to Friedman, the Kings are doing the same. I might even add the Kraken, who just lost the services of Philip Grubauer.

Even if Seattle’s season has fallen short of expectations, the club doesn’t seem to have written the season off, having acquired Tomas Tatar last night.

The tipster also mentioned that the Oilers remain a team to watch on the goaltending front, but they’re not as serious as they used to be. Stuart Skinner and Calvin Pickard are playing better. And in any case, Edmonton has always wanted to find an in-house solution. I think it’s done.

As for Los Angeles, number-two goaltender Pheonix Copley didn’t travel with the team to Seattle on Saturday and could miss a few games. The Kings could therefore add themselves to the goaltender race. They would like to find a reserve for Cam Talbot.

Of the goalies on the market, there’s obviously one in Montreal, be it Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau, and one in Columbus. Spencer Martin could be of interest to a number of clubs.


In addition to Allen and Martin, guys like John Gibson, James Reimer, Kaapo Kahkonen and Karel Vejmelka could be of interest.

Don’t forget: in three days, there will be an NHL transaction freeze until December 28. We don’t want guys getting traded over the holidays, though.

Stay tuned.

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