The market might be better than ever nowadays when it comes to goaltenders across the National Hockey League. In the past week only, we have found out that the Buffalo Sabres did not make a qualifying offer to their starting netminder Robin Lehner, who will test the free agent market on July 1st. The Sabres now view Linus Ullmark as their future No. 1. despite him playing in just five games for the Sabres this season, registering a 1-2 record with a .935 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA.
Then another goaltending news broke out in Ottawa, when it was revealed that Senators starting goalie Craig Anderson was looking to move elsewhere. TSN Senior hockey reporter Frank Seravalli reported that Anderson could be on the move a the Senators have been said to be working with agent Justin Duberman to try and find a potential new home.
The rumour was also mentioned in NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman's 10 Thoughts article on this week's rumblings on Sportsnet:
"Senators GM Pierre Dorion made it clear the likely outcome is he keeps the fourth-overall selection and doesn’t give it to Colorado. Dorion wouldn’t discuss specific players on his roster, but one other name to add to Erik Karlsson and Zack Smith as trade potential is Craig Anderson."
Both Lehner and Anderson appear to have convince another goalie to walk away from his team. Netminder Petr Mrazek is reportedly not going to re-sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that acquired him from the Detroit Red Wings back at the February's trade deadline. However, it may not be his first choice to walk away. According to The Hockey News' Ken Campbell, the Flyers and general manager Ron Hextall have refused to present him a qualifying offer.
The Flyers were desperate when they added Mrazek, with Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth both on the sideline with injuries, and the former Red Wings goaltender had a .891 save percentage in 17 games. He then failed to secure the Flyers' No. 1 job heading into the playoffs and now failed to get another chance in Philadelphia.
While he is not expected to land his current $4 million salary, his agent could argue that his client has never been given the opportunity to become a full-time starter.
We will see which team will be convinced of that in the coming weeks...