Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors: Goaltender Trade Candidates

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall is expected to make a trade before the March 3 trade deadline and many feel his work could come long before the deadline. Hextall is looking to improve in many areas including finding another left winger, one more defenseman and look for the Pens GM to explore a goaltender trade as Casey DeSmith has struggled at times this season and starter Tristan Jarry has been battled injuries. Here's three netminders Hextall likely has on his radar:

James Reimer, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks will be active ahead of the deadline as all the attention is on Timo Meier. Goaltender James Reimer is another trade candidate for GM Mike Grier and as a pending free agent could appeal to a number of teams including Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old Reimer is one of the more experienced goalies available and he does hold a modified no-trade clause which protects him from five teams. The last time Reimer played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he posted a .934 save % in three games with the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Cam Talbot, Ottawa Senators

Ironic he's hurt right now, but Cam Talbot is a steady veteran who could help bring some stability to the Penguins. He'd push Jarry for the starter's crease and has shown he's capable of stealing games in the past. On a struggling Sens squad, Talbot has posted a .905 save % in 28 games this season and with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers in the past, Talbot has been rock solid in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Another tender to watch as Hextall could have some interest.

Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks

All the talks appear to have quieted around Thatcher Demko as the Canucks would need to be swept off their feet to move him. The Penguins have reportedly had interest in the past and with Jarry not having a contract extension in place for next season, Demko could be an option long term in Pittsburgh.

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