NHL Rumors: 3 Potential Destinations for Martin Jones

The NHL's goalie market will be fascinating to watch this summer as there's a number of starting caliber and backups who will be changing teams this offseason. One name to watch is veteran netminder Martin Jones who will likely be leaving the Philadelphia Flyers. Let's take a look at three teams to watch who may have interest in Jones' services:

Vancouver Canucks

Jones is from B.C so going home at this point of his career makes a ton of sense. Jones appeared in 35 games for the Flyers in 2021-22, posting a 3.42 GAA and a .900 save %. It was the first time his save % was .900 or above in three seasons so take that for what it's worth. While he can't steal games like he once used to with the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks, Jones has been around the block and can be relied upon to fill in when needed. The Canucks have Spencer Martin who came out of nowhere last season, so let's see how much trust management has in him to be the backup next season.

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have no NHL goalies signed for next season so Jones is certainly a candidate for upstate New York. It's likely they go with a tandem approach while the team continues to rebuild post-Jack Eichel and the veteran Jones could be paired with a young tender to show him the ropes. The Sabres have a ton of cap space so money isn't an issue and Jones is likely to settle for a one or two-year deal at somewhere near $2 million. Buffalo is a legitimate option at this point.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jones' history with Penguins general manager Ron Hextall may come into play here and with Casey DeSmith hitting the open market, the Pens may look elsewhere for a backup next season. The team was hammered with injuries down the stretch and had to play Louis Domingue in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins are going to ensure they have a ton of depth in their crease for 2022-23, and Jones could be one of the additions to support starter Tristan Jarry.

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