NHL Trade Speculation: Goaltenders Philadelphia Flyers Could Pursue for Playoffs
Wasn't $51 million supposed to solve the issues surrounding the Philadelphia Flyers' revolving door at the goaltender position?
Well, apparently not. After a shaky start by newcomer Ilya Bryzgalov and perhaps a not-yet-ready Sergei Bobrovsky, is it possible that the Flyers are still searching for another goalie?
According to CBC’s Elliott Friedman, the orange and black may be looking to acquire yet another goaltender to perhaps stabilize them between the pipes.
Without doubt, the Flyers have one of the most talented teams in the entire NHL. They are young. They are quick. They are physical and they are skilled. The only concerns for them heading towards the playoffs are their defensive depth and their goaltending.
And after a summer of praise for the Flyers acquiring a true No. 1, fans are again wondering who their goalie will be come playoff time.
So, maybe GM Paul Holmgren is looking for a veteran to push these two goalies going forward. Maybe not, but let's take a look at some goalies that could be a fit for the Flyers.
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After an illustrious career in San Jose (at least during the regular season), the Sharks finally had to part ways with Evgeni Nabokov.
Now with the Islanders, Nabokov is having another superb season. For a very weak Islanders team, Nabokov is among the top 10 goalies in both goals against and save percentage.
Earning less than $1 million, Nabokov could be a low risk kind of guy and may be the guy that can overtake the Flyers' number one position for the time being.
Only downside to this...Nabokov is not one that is known for his outstanding play in the playoffs.
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Well, wouldn't this be interesting?
Another goalie who is on the market is former Flyer Antero Nittymaki. Nittymaki, who rarely played this season, was let go by the San Jose Sharks a few weeks ago.
Just a few years ago, this was the goalie of the future for the Flyers. But after a season of nagging injuries, Nitty and the Flyers parted ways.
Carrying a $2 million price tag for the remainder of the season will likely leave the Flyers realistically out of the running for Nittymaki.
Brian Elliott/Jaroslav Halak
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The St. Louis Blues will be an interesting team to watch how they handle their two outstanding goaltenders over the next season or two.
Both Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak are All-Star-caliber goalies and both are signed for at at least two more years with the club.
Halak was brought in two years ago and has held the reins since. However, Elliott has come in and given Halak a run for his money and it was Elliott getting the nod to the All-Star game this season.
Will the Blues continue to hold two All-Star goalies on their roster?
Let's just put it this way. It is a great position to be in.
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With Jose Theodore playing well, the Florida Panthers could make backup Scott Clemmensen available and possibly swap him for some more depth on offense as they look to win the Southeast Division.
Clemmensen has been solid ever since he had to take over the Devils when Martin Brodeur was down with an injury. He is definitely a serviceable goaltender, but is he good enough to push either Bob or Bryzgalov?
That's the problem with this trade deadline. They aren't many goaltenders to be had.