NHL East

Trade Targets for NHL Teams that Need Goalie Help

Trade Targets for NHL Teams that Need Goalie Help
Franklin Steele
Prev1 of 5Next
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

There’s an old adage that says that winning teams are built from the net out, but professional hockey teams continue to look over that small tidbit.

Look at the most surprising teams from the 2014-15 season: The Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators. What do these four teams have in common? They all upgraded goaltending in some way, shape or form over the last 12 months.

Jonas Hiller hasn’t been a world beater since joining the Flames, but the team hasn’t lost many games because of him either. That’s different from it was a year ago when Calgary rolled out four different starting goalies. Jaroslav Halak has had a similar impact with the Isles, while a healthy Pekka Rinne has made a huge difference for the Predators.

All of this is to say that goaltending is frequently overlooked by bad teams.

You’ll hear GMs mutter to the press that “good goalies aren’t simply available on the market,” but ask any Minnesota Wild fan and they’ll tell you differently. The market for unrestricted free agent goalies is thin this season, but organizations looking for help in goal might have a handful of trade options available.

Trading for an unproven starter or prospect might seem like a risky move, but it’s not as risky as burning another season of a rebuild on the back of crummy goaltending.

Keep in mind: these trade targets are simply names that should interest teams that need help in goal. That doesn’t mean it would be wise for the netminder’s current organization to trade them.

Prev1 of 5Next
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

NHL East
Franklin Steele
@FranklinSteele

Franklin Steele has been watching and playing hockey since the age of six. He’s written for a variety of NHL websites around the web, and now is the director of content and growth for TodaysSlapshot.com. A lot of folks say they are living the dream sarcastically. He is not among them. Feel free to email him or Tweet at him with any questions, comments or concerns.

More in NHL East

NHL: SEP 16 Preseason - Red Wings at Penguins

Trading Anthony Mantha for Dion Phaneuf Would be Crazy

Franklin SteeleJune 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 01 Blue Jackets at Penguins

Predicting the Penguins Starting Blue Line

Michael PitykJune 15, 2015
NHL: APR 18 Round 1 - Game 2 - Penguins at Rangers

Which Penguins Players Won’t be Back?

Michael PitykJune 14, 2015
4340364_Phantoms_v_Bears

Reliving the Philadelphia Phantoms 2004-05 Calder Cup Win

Zach HopkinsJune 14, 2015
OHL: OCT 15 Erie Otters at London Knights

Mitch Marner Could Be Perfect Fit For the Devils

Luke LapinskiJune 14, 2015
NHL: JAN 17 Ducks at Kings

Kings Should Trade 13th-Overall Draft Pick

Sonny SachdevaJune 14, 2015