The club of Austria NHL star Thomas Vanek is projected by the "Kronen Zeitung" have interest in Starkbaum even though you have with Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth two strong keeper contract. However, recently I repeatedly came to rumors that Miller could possibly be getraded. Interested in the Austrian national team goalkeepers are also the Flyers (Michael Raffls new employer), the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers. If there is a deal, Starkbaum has probably also a "two-way" contract signing.
So did you guys in buffalo hear anything about that?
It was posted in another thread here about a week ago, but if the Buffalo media noted it since, I missed it. Anyway, I believe the initial reaction was "fine, more playing time for Ullmark" as they both play for Modo.
He's 27, was fifth in SEL SV% (.932) and, per reports, would sign a two-way deal .. initial Swedish report noted EDM and PHI .. a later Austrian report noted five teams, leading with BUF, while also adding MTL and NSH to the mix .. and lastly, the Edmonton Journal wrote a blurb on his NHL attention:
Bernhard Starkbaum. After a very strong season in the Elitserien, Starkbaum is getting attention from NHL teams – reportedly Buffalo, Edmonton, Montreal, Nashville and Philadelphia have all expressed some degree of interest. He has a pretty unique resume, as an Austrian-born and trained goalie. Talking with multiple sources familiar with Starkbaum, the consensus is that he isn’t ready for NHL work but could be a good minor-league goalie in his first season in North America.