Speculation: Potential Goalie Targets For the Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said yesterday that their goal-tending tandem needed to be addressed. It appears the Scott Darling move didn't really pan out, or at least it hasn't yet. Today, we will be looking at some potential goalies the Hurricanes could trade for this off-season.
Now the first option is to simply let Darling try again. With him signed for another 3 years at 4.15 million dollars, moving him out would be a major task at his current value. They could keep him and try to improve his game hopefully back to what it was in Chicago.

Option 1: Charlie Lindgren (Montreal Canadiens)
Lindgren has looked very solid during his short time in the NHL, and his competitiveness is always at 100%. He just signed a 3-year extension with Montreal (750k AAV 1-way), which means a trade for Lindgren is less likely to happen. However with Antti Niemi's resurgence in Montreal this season, the Canadiens may want to keep Niemi around instead.

Option 2: Garret Sparks/Calvin Pickard (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Like Lindgren, these two goalies could very well be NHL regulars next season. However with Frederik Andersen holding the starting position firmly in his hand, one of them will either need to stay with the Marlies, or be traded away, and that's if the Leafs don't re-sign Curtis McElhinney. Either way this could present an interesting trade opportunity for the Maple Leafs, a team in need of some help on the blue line. Perhaps one of Sparks or Pickard along with a draft pick or two for Justin Faulk. Just spit-balling here.

Option 3: Aaron Dell (San Jose Sharks)
There was a time when Aaron Dell was atop the NHL in SV% and GAA. Of course that time didn't last forever, but I believe he could take on a starting role very well. He is signed to a fairly inexpensive contract (2 years left, 1.9M 1-way), and maintained a .915 SV% in 29 games with the Sharks.

Option 4: Philipp Grubauer (Washington Capitals)
Grubauer is arguably the most skilled of all the options here. To start the playoffs, he was the starting goalie for the Capitals for the first couple games. Grubauer is perfectly capable of filling a starting goalie role on almost any team in the league. He managed to get a .923 SV% in 35 games this season. He is an RFA at the end of the season (1.5M AAV currently), and will need a new contract.

Who do you think Carolina could target for a goalie? Should they just hope Darling can rebound from this season's disappointment? Comment below.

Previous Page Next Page Home