Michal Neuvirth has often been the subject of trade rumors, but the sudden emergence of Philipp Grubauer has significantly increased the likelihood of Neuvirth actually being traded.
Neuvirth himself has fanned the flames of these very rumors.
On Dec. 21, Neuvirth told Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post, “I want to be a No. 1 goalie in this league. If not here, maybe somewhere else.”
That statement came during a month in which Neuvirth failed to make even one appearance in the net for the Capitals.
According to Adam Vingan of NBCWashington.com, "Michal Neuvirth has not started since Nov. 22, let alone dressed for an NHL game since injuring his right ankle prior to his last scheduled start on Nov. 29. which led to Grubauer's promotion in the first place."
Neuvirth's injury necessitated a conditioning stint with the Hershey Bears, from which he was recalled on Dec. 18, according to Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com. He made 33 saves in his one start with the Bears on Dec. 14, according to the team's website.
If traded, Neuvirth might have the highest value of anyone on this list.
The 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic has played in 128 games in his six-year NHL career, compiling a 57-38-12 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average. In nine career postseason games, Neuvirth is 4-5 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average.
An NHL team in need would pay a pretty penny to acquire a goalie with career numbers like Neuvirth who could step in as the starter right away.