3 Potential Free-Agent Destinations for Calvin Pickard

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Calvin Pickard was unexpectedly thrown into NHL action this year and even has enjoyed some playing time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pickard, a veteran journeyman is a pending unrestricted free agent and could be on the move this summer.

The Oilers have Stuart Skinner locked up and are likely buying out Jack Campbell, so there is some potential they circle back on Pickard, but at this point, that has yet to be confirmed. Ken Holland has other things on his mind right now.

If Pickard hits the open market, here's three teams who could be interested:

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings have David Rittich signed but look for them to bring in two more goalies and set themselves up with some internal competition. Pickard posted a 12-7-1 record this season along with a 2.45 GAA. He's had experience starting in Colorado and while that was quite awhile ago, he's better suited as a back up who can fill in should an injury occur. With the Kings needs up front to add some talent, Pickard could be an affordable option for some goaltending depth.

New York Islanders

The Islanders are likely putting Ilya Sorokin on the trade market this summer as they look to re-allocate some resources and even if they bring Sorokin and Varlamov back, Pickard could supply depth in the three hole and be a veteran the team can rely on. He's not going to make much more than league minimum and for the Islanders, that's music to their ears on any free agent.

Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit is set to hit the open market and the Jets know Pickard very well from their division so he could be in line for Connor Hellebuyck's back up role next season. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is likely losing the likes of Sean Monahan, Tyler Toffoli, Brendan Dillon, Dylan DeMelo, among others so they need to spend up front and find a cheap alternative in their crease. Pickard makes a lot of sense as a match.

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