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06-04-2010, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by chpartisan View Post
There is a lot of talk about the trade values of our goalies, but it seems like there are quite a few options (for now) on the UFA market for teams that are looking for goaltenders.

I'm not convinced we can get much in return of Halak or Price. Why with a team want to trade assets to acquire a goalie, if they can find a UFA instead.

Perhaps the UFAs available aren't as young or don't have the same potential, but I don't think there are many teams who feel it's worthy enough to trade an established player (top 6 winger). Especially with all the young goalies (many for europe) that seem to be able to step up in the NHL recently.
Teams all have one point in common: they want to save as much as possible on the salary cap.

Why should one sign a UFA goalie on the decline to a premium contract, when they can get a young, proven goaltender who still has many years before hitting the UFA market, and that won't be that expensive salary-wise? Some of those teams would have to shed some salary to sign a UFA goalie anyway, why not hit two birds with one stone?

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