The Predators “might, maybe and in all probability will be looking to see what’s available” among backup goaltenders when free agency begins July 5, Poile said. The decision has been relayed to Chris Mason, who backed up Pekka Rinne last season.
The Predators could also look within their own system to 22-year-old Magnus Hellberg...“That’s another thing we’re talking about within our organization too, is whether he’s had enough experience yet,” Poile said. “I think our druthers would be to see him play another full year down there (in Milwaukee) in terms of his development.”
It's been expected for a while (After Chris Mason had a brutal season), but it's nice to see confirmation that Nashville is looking elsewhere. The article paints Dan Ellis as a likely target, as he has a Predator history (Like Mason did) and played quite well in relief of injured Cam Ward this past season. It was expected that Carolina was going to re-sign Ellis but GM Jim Rutherford recently said all Carolina UFAs would likely go to market unsigned.
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Nashville won't trade for a goalie. We'll be looking for an adequate backup who will come cheap for one or two years, when Hellberg will be ready for the job. Honestly, if anything happens to Rinne injury wise for longer than a game or two, unless the backup is playing lights out, I personally believe Hellberg will become the interim starter in a 75/25% starting role until Pekka gets back. The organization seems very high on this kid, and he seems ready, yet could use controlled development.
he will not sign to be a back up behind Rinne. He will go somewhere were he can get more playing time.
I would wish him the best of luck in that, but I'm not sure he'll have a bunch of offers to choose from where he can count on more playing time. There's a bunch of openings this summer, but also a lot of goalies on the move. If he's lucky maybe he ends up as a 1b in Phoenix. But he'll probably have to be very patient after free agency begins and wait until some other things fall into their places.
You must be joking. Why would he be available? And why would they give up a great asset to pry away a highly talented young goaltender to warm the bench most of the year behind a workhorse in Rinne? Pretty absurd. All they need and likely want is a capable backup. Allen's certainly more than that, and comes at the fitting price. If he would come, at all, which he probably won't, as he should be the last goalie the Blues consider to trade.
I also think Minny would be good for him too. I have a feeling Backstrom won't be re-signed at $6 mil AAV so he and Harding could compete for the job.
I think they have too much faith in Kuemper to bring in Greiss. Maybe as insurance in case Harding's medical condition becomes more of an issue, but I don't see them as one of the more likely candidates.