3 Potential Free-Agent Destinations for Casey DeSmith

Vancouver Canucks pending free-agent goaltender Casey DeSmith may have enjoyed his first season in Vancouver, however it's likely going to be his last. With free-agency around the corner and a lack of contract talks, as well as the arrival of Arturs Silovs, DeSmith isn't likely in the Canucks' plans next season.    

DeSmith posted a 12-9-6 record last season to go along with a 2.85 GAA and .896 Sv.%. It will likely be on a one-year deal, but here's who could be interested in signing DeSmith next season:

Pittsburgh Penguins

Alex Nedeljkovic filled in for DeSmith in Pittsburgh last season and eventually pushed Tristan Jarry out of his starter's spot. Now Nedeljkovic gets set to hit free-agent of his own and likely prices himself out of returning the Pens. DeSmith spent parts of five years in Pittsburgh and is a trusted backup for Mike Sullivan. Could be a reunion coming. 

Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit is set to hit the free-agent market which opens up a backup role for Connor Hellebuyck. It's a true #2 role and something DeSmith is better suited for than a tandem approach or a 1-A/1-B set up. It's Hellebuyck's net in Winnipeg and will be for the foreseeable future, DeSmith could easily become their reliable veteran backup. Look for these two to connect in a couple of weeks as the Jets don't have a ton of money to spend and have a number of holes to fill on their roster.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins are likely trading Linus Ullmark this offseason to free up some cap space and re-allocate some resources, so DeSmith could be on their radar as a backup to Jeremy Swayman. DeSmith is from the area and could be open to a home-coming of sorts. When he signs a new contract this summer, expect a one or two-year deal at $1.-1.5 million against the books.

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