There’s been no end to the debate over what the Stars should do about their goaltending. Thanks to the expansion draft, Mike Heika says, the team has a good chance at being able to add a new No. 1 netminder.
One name on the list of possible targets includes Marc-Andre Fleury.
I fully believe the Penguins would trade Fleury today and might also take back a Stars goalie at full price. Pittsburgh fans might argue that point, but hear me out.
Fleury's contract requires that you protect him in the expansion draft. If you keep him, that means you have to expose Matt Murray.
Among others, Heika also mentions Rangers backup Antti Raanta and Capitals backup Philipp Grubauer.
Raanta, 27, seems to be in the same spot as Jones or Talbot and might really enjoy the chance to be a No. 1 goalie in Dallas. His low salary would allow the Stars buy out Niemi or Lehtonen, as the Rangers would want neither in return. What they would want is top prospect(s) or a high draft pick and they likely wouldn't do the deal until the playoffs were over.
There’s plenty more goalie speculation at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Ales Hemsky says he’s “pretty close” to returning to the lineup. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
Elliotte Friedman tackles the subject of Patrick Eaves potentially being traded in his latest 30 Thoughts.
6. Thought Patrick Eaves would be a perfect fit to re-sign in Dallas, but word is there have been no talks. So he’s going somewhere. Like Vanek, that doesn’t preclude a reunion later on. Get your asset and “see you in July,” maybe.
Friedman also debates whether Johnny Oduya could be moved despite his ankle injury. [Sportsnet]
The best performances by brothers in the NHL, including the Benns’ five-point nights against the Maple Leafs and the Ducks. [The Hockey News]
Watch the AAC go from hockey to basketball.
The Coyotes have a wealth of assets that could make them very busy before the trade deadline. [The Hockey News]
Get to know Harnarayan Singh, who made headlines with his call of Nick Bonino’s goal during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Are Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine the new Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin? [VICE]
Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore talks about what it’s like to be shuffled between the NHL and AHL. [Sports Illustrated]
In honor of a special anniversary yesterday, I just have one question: Do you believe in miracles?
Over at Sportsnet, John Shannon reflects on his friendship with Herb Brooks. [Sportsnet]
From the Maple Leafs to the Flyers, the five teams that have a tough call when it comes to being buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. [The Hockey News]
And finally, it looks like Patrick Eaves is enjoying the bye week.