NHL Rumors: 3 Free-Agent Goalies on Edmonton Oilers Radar

TSN's Darren Dreger has reported the end is likely near for Edmonton Oilers netminder Mike Smith, as it's likely he ends up on LTIR for the remainder of his contract. Oilers general manager Ken Holland continues to ponder his options in net for next season and there's been some buzz around a trade, but with the talent available on the open market, it's much more likely we see Holland put pen to paper with a free-agent goalie instead. Here's three names that have been linked to the Oilers this summer:

Jack Campbell

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Jack Campbell appear to be far apart in contract talks and if 'Soup' hits the open market on July 13, look for the Oilers to make a serious offer. They loved everything they've seen out of Zach Hyman and it could be another ex-Maple Leaf that makes an impact on their hockey club for next season and beyond. Campbell's a beloved teammate who is committed to his craft and battles for his teammates, so a transition to Edmonton seems like it would be a seamless fit for both sides.
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'Soup' is looking for $5 million annually on his next contract, and with all the attention on the Oilers finally shoring up their crease, the 30-year-old all-star could be their best option this summer. Campbell posted a .914 save % during the 2021-22 season, however his struggles in the postseason have some, including Toronto questioning his closing abilities.

Marc-Andre Fleury

A short term fix, Marc-Andre Fleury is a name that's been linked to the Edmonton Oilers and for good reason. The team is on the brink of getting over the hump and with some more consistent and timely goaltending, Edmonton should be able to take the next step. Mike Smith is all but done with the hockey club and general manager Ken Holland could turn to the future hall-of-famer on a short term deal. The Oilers are looking to move Jesse Puljujarvi and Tyson Barrie to free up some more cap space. There's no doubt Connor McDavid would love to see 'The Flower' bloom in Edmonton this fall.

Ville Husso

The Oilers know St Louis Blues netminder Ville Husso well and there's likely going to be mutual interest between the two. Husso is an interesting name among the long list of free agents just due to his NHL service time (64 career games including Stanley Cup Playoffs), his age (27), production, and of course, making $750,000 last season makes his next deal a little complex. 
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The Blues appear content to keep Jordan Binnington as their number one starter, while Husso will try and cash in as much as possible this summer. It's taken him awhile to make a name for himself in the NHL so it makes sense for him to chase the money. The late bloomer will also be hearing from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, putting the Oilers in a tough spot to put pen to paper.
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