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The backup goalie market looks strong this summer

May 22, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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So your team is in need of goaltending help for next season. No, not the team’s in desperate need of a starter but someone capable of giving the main man plenty of rest. The backup goalie market is set to be booming in free agency and the list of guys available looks pretty good.

Here’s a hit list of guys that will be available this summer for your backup or potentially terrifying starting goaltending needs thanks to

Add to that list the possibility of the Flyers dangling Sergei Bobrovsky for trade bait this summer, as’s John Boruk suggests, and teams in need of goaltending insurance (Hello Columbus!) will have plenty to choose from.

That’s not even taking into account the possibility we could see Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider moved (or not) this summer either. Of course, those guys won’t be backups but still, it’s the summer of goaltending if your team is in need.

  1. jpelle82 - May 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    i bet stevie y is still mad he didnt make room for mike smith on the roster last off season, will be interested to see what he does in free agency, he has enough draft picks at his disposal

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Josh Harding is the one on that list with the most upside. He played decently at times this year, coming off a torn ACL before the season began last year. Not sure why, Fletcher didn’t move him at the deadline. A team like Tampa could have used him. He would gave been an upgrade over any goalie they had.

  3. lewdood - May 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    As an RPI guy, I’d love to see CBJ keep Allen York as their backup and bring in a real starter. York looked great at the end of the season for them.

  4. mclovinhockey - May 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Flyers trade bob to bluejackets for first round ; )

    • paulsdamnblog - May 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      More likely to be a 1st rounder and a player.

    • danphipps01 - May 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Bahahahahahaha. He tried and failed to outplay Bryzgalov for the starting role. Do you have any idea how dismal a commentary that is?

      • biasedhomer - May 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        Do you really think even if he outplays Bryzgalov, he will be given the starting job?

      • danphipps01 - May 23, 2012 at 3:47 AM

        Admittedly, there’s something to be said for the fact that Laviolette basically refused to contemplate anyone other than their shiny new fifty million dollar headcase as starter, but the point was mostly that Bob is not at all worth giving up a first-round pick for.

  5. cameltoews - May 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I’m pretty sure Marty Biron signed back with the rangers mid season

  6. biasedhomer - May 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Also add to the trading list Tim Thomas and Kipper

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