With mere hours remaining before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, the rumors are flying like never before.
High-profile names like Rick Nash, Derek Roy, Mikhail Grabovski and Tomas Plekanec have clogged up the airwaves with a logjam of half-baked speculation and far-fetched rumors. The NHL's spotlight has shifted away from the ice and into a world of uncertainty and cloudiness that never fails to captivate us all.
But lost in the chaos are the goaltenders. 2012's class of available netminders may lack a headline star, but their diamond-in-the-rough talent and potential has not been lost. With so many enticing youngsters populating the trade market, this year's crop may in fact be among the deepest ever.
Fortunately, the number of suitors for these undiscovered backstoppers is certainly not small. A plethora of playoff contenders have struggled to find consistent goaltending throughout their '11-'12 season, and more than a few backup and starter jobs are now open for the taking.
As the transaction cut-off moment approaches with breakneck speed, where will the best available goaltenders of the 2012 deadline be headed? Read on to hear the rumors examined and the predictions made.