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Yzerman actually isn’t ruling out trading for a goalie

May 25, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has clarified the comments he made yesterday that seemed to indicate he was only willing to explore the draft and free agency to fill his team’s goaltending vacancy.

Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s also willing to go the trade route if he can find a “younger guy that maybe has a little less experience that can step up and play well for us now.”

If that’s the case, we can still presume he’s not interested in 33-year-old Roberto Luongo; however, he’d definitely be interested in Cory Schneider, 26.

Of course, given Luongo’s reportedly asked for a trade, it doesn’t appear a deal with Vancouver is on the horizon.

So who else could Yzerman pursue?

L.A.’s Jonathan Bernier is one option. The 23-year-old has a limited and not particularly convincing NHL résumé (just 42 starts with a .909 save percentage), but he’s still considered a blue-chipper.

The Senators have two youngsters in Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner.

Nashville has Anders Lindback.

And just because we enjoy baseless speculation, what if Yzerman were to call the Panthers about Jacob Markstrom, then Luongo could go to Florida? It’s farfetched for any number of reasons, but you should still spread the rumor via Twitter and internet message boards.

  1. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    With the Holtby explosion in DC, Caps will send Neuvy to Tampa for some additional offense.

    Farfetched? Sure.
    Possible? Sure.

  2. t16rich - May 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Sign Hasek, convince Roloson not to retire, and problem solved. Two great young goalies.

    • blkeskimo1785 - May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Love it.

    • danphipps01 - May 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Wanna call up Patrick Roy too, just to see what would happen?

  3. jpelle82 - May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    he should trade to get mike smith back

  4. scottfmullin - May 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Markstrom isn’t going anywhere in Florida. We don’t Luongo in the least.

    • scottfmullin - May 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      I meant to put “want” in that last sentence. But maybe it works anyway.

  5. ikillchicken - May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    He might as well just come out and say it: I don’t want Luongo, I want Cory Schneider.

  6. creasemasta41 - May 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    What about trying to get bobrovsky from philly? It could make sense given Bryzgalovs outrages, almost immovable contract. Hell even Michael leighton would be an upgrade from roloson

  7. smushrodriguez - May 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    How about Bryz? Flyers will give you Read or JVR as compensation to eat Bryz contract.

  8. spavs412 - May 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Why does everyone think smith is a great goalie? Obviously phx typically can play a style that makes goalies better. Look bryz he’s a chump freakazoid now

  9. geezgtfo - May 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    No smith is a good goalie you don’t get put into talk for vezina just because of the system the dude make some unbelievable saves

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