No Goalies Safe this Trade Deadline
By the sounds of things the trade deadline this year may involve a lot of trades involving goaltenders. Goaltenders such as Martin Biron, Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph, Dwayne Roloson, Manny Fernandez, Mike Dunham, Jeff Hackett, Sean Burke, Nikolai Khabibuilin, Trevor Kidd and Olaf Kolzig have been rumored to be on the move.Teams that will probably spending their most time seeking for help between the pipes will probably include Atlanta, Colorado, the Rangers, possibly the Islanders, Philadelphia, St. Louis and maybe even Boston.
Colorado, the Rangers and Philadelphia will most likely be the teams spending most of their time wheeling and dealing to find the best goaltender available. Although Colorado fans feel David Aebischer could lead them to the Stanley cup this year I feel they still need a bonified number 2 goalie if Aebischer runs into troubles. Phillipe Sauve should be a great goalie someday but just not this year. Colorado would be taking a risk if they had these two youngsters as their goaltenders for the playoffs. Although Rangers GM Glen Sather has made it clear that his team will be looking for defenceman during the trade deadline you have to wonder if they actually trust Mike Dunham between the pipes. Bobby Clarke has said publicly that he will not be looking for a goalie on deadline day. I feel that is a lie. How could you trust a goalie who has never started a playoff game to lead you to the Stanley cup. If Bobby Clarke had brains he would go out and find the best goalie he could.
Possible candidates to be dealt to the Colorado Avalanche include Khabibuilin, Kolzig or Burke if Colorado is looking for a starter. If Colorado is looking just for a backup however possible candidates would probably be Roloson, Fernandez or Kidd.
As for New york they will probably be looking for a number 1 goalie. Possible candidates for NY include Hasek, Joseph, Burke, Kolzig and Khabibuilin. As for what will happen to Mike Dunham, he may end up playing for teams such as Atlanta, Boston, possibly Colorado as a backup, St. Louis or Washington.
The most likely candidates to land in Philly may be Kolzig, Dunham, Burke, or possibly Biron. If Philly were to try to pick up Kolzig they would probably have to give up a player such as Michael Handzus and possibly Jeff Hackett. If they wanted to land Dunham they would have to give up Handzus and a defenceman. If they wanted Burke he would probably be the cheapest, most likely draft picks and prospects would have to be given up. As for the long shot Biron Philly would have to give up some young players and possibly Handzus.
The most expensive goaltenders available would be Joseph, Hasek and Khabilbuilin. These goaltenders will either stay where they are or be involved in some blockbuster deals. If a team like Colorado wanted these goalies they would have to probably give up Tanguay and Skoula. Philly would have to give up a player such as Recchi or Roenick if they wanted CUJO or Hasek and give up Handzus and prspects for The Bulin wall. NY would have to give up players such as Petr Nedved and Matthew Barnaby.
Goalies better start packing up their bags because it doesn’t seem like anyone is safe this trade deadline. Well gotta go, Rumor with you later