NHL Rumors: 3 Pacific Division Goalies Expected to Be Traded This Summer

Welcome to the latest series at NHLTR where we'll dive into each division across the NHL and examine the most likely trade candidates. Forwards, defensemen and goaltenders, you will see them all as it's expected to be a wild and wacky summer of transactions. 

For round three, let's dive into goalies from the pacific division who could be changing jerseys for the 2022-23 season:

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

There's never been this much noise around John Gibson leaving the Anaheim Ducks. Ever since Pat Verbeek took over as general manager last season, Gibson's name has been front and center when it comes to trade rumors coming out of California. The 28-year-old is signed through the 2026-27 season at $6.4 million annually, and holds no-trade protection against ten teams of his choice. So far the favorites include the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Buffalo Sabres. 

Chris Driedger, Seattle Kraken

The 6-foot-4 Chris Driedger went from bursting onto the scene with the Florida Panthers to landing himself a multi-year contract with the Seattle Kraken. Unfortunately, his play didn't go with him to Seattle as it was a struggle last season for the Kraken's backup Driedger appeared in 27 games and posted a .899 save %, a season after a .927 with the Panthers which was among the league's best. He only has 65 games of NHL experience under his belt and is certainly a bit of a risky acquisition. Driedger is signed through the next two seasons at $3.5 million and holds no-trade protection against 10 teams of his choice. While the Kraken would likely have interest in moving their goaltender, it's going to be a tough sell this summer.

James Reimer, San Jose Sharks

The writing is on the wall for veteran goalie James Reimer as the San Jose Sharks have younger/cheaper options to play in their crease. The 34-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal which sees him making $2.25 million against the cap. Reimer holds no-trade protection, which includes five teams he'd like to avoid, and last season in 48 games he had some solid numbers on a mediocre team, recording a 2.90 GAA and a .911 save. With his contract and experience, there's going to be a number of teams interested, including perhaps his old team up in Toronto. If they can't get Jack Campbell re-signed, anything is on the table at this point, including a Reimer trade. With Kaapo Kahkonen as the goalie of the future in San Jose, look for management to be open to making moves.

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