Roster Freeze Not Freezing the GM's of the League
The roster freeze is on, but the minds of NHL general managers are still functioning.Vancouver Canucks GM Nonis marked Alex Auld as the current #1 goalie to lead the way, but after a crucial performance against the Edmonton Oilers last night, a 7-6 loss, Nonis may change his opinion rather quickly.
Look for Nonis to contact other general managers whose goalies are available. Number one is Roberto Luongo, but he won’t be going anywhere before January. If Ryan Miller keeps winning for the Sabres, Martin Biron will become available. Nonis may also look into Lalime’s services, and if he wants to go on the cheaper side, Jocelyn Thibault may be an option.
Luongo Trade: A blockbuster deal.
Biron Trade: Rich value goes to the Sabres involving drafts picks, prospects, and NHL ready players.
Lalime Trade: Very cheap acquisition.
Thibault Trade: Very cheap acquisition.
Rangers star Jaromir Jagr shows frustration that the team, as of late, is not scoring enough goals. Rangers may try to call up a scoring forward like Nigel Dawes or Jarkko Immonen to shake things up. If that does not work, look for the Petr Sykora rumors to heat up. It would be a complicated trade as the Rangers do not have much to trade, but other options may include Blues forward Petr Cajanek, or Blue Jacket David Vyborny.
The Devils are not completely free from Malakhov’s salary as his agent is stating that Malakhov is not retiring. Devils went 0-11 on the powerplay against the Rangers the other night. With GM Lamoriello behind the bench, he gets a better idea of needs for the team and may be ready to pull a trade in January.
Same as the Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers may look to acquire a goaltender if Conklin, Markkanen, and Morrisson are not reliable enough. Edmonton has more depth to trade than the Canucks that should interest the Sabres. Look for MacTavish and Lowe to rotate the three goalies for another stretch of games before making any trade.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are still struggling for consistency in wins. GM Jay Feaster may try to negotiate an affordable deal with Brad Richars in january, and if that does not work then he may decide to pull a big trade, possibly acquiring a goalie.