The goaltending market is quite scarce as today if the last day for trades in the National Hockey League, but one netminder has demanded to be moved before 3pmET this afternoon.
According to many sources, Buffalo Sabres number one goalie Robin Lehner has requested a trade, demanding that his team move him before the deadline.
Just this week, Lehner had mentioned his desire to stay in Buffalo, but things seem to have changed drastically.
"You follow it a little bit," Lehner said to the Buffalo News. "We play in a pretty great league. Whether I stay here or go some place else, it's what it is but I'm definitely not looking at that. I feel like I'm putting in work and doing my best. We'll see what the future holds."
"I think when we're clicking and we're all playing the way we can, I think it looks good," Lehner said. "We've just all got to be on the same page and get that consistency. I don't give up. I have full trust in the guys and I don't like to give up. I don't like to bail out."
Let's where he lands today, as the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames are reportedly looking to add in between the pipes. The Flames are struggling due to injuries and the Islanders need a boost in net to become a true contender.
Flames on the market?
The Calgary Flames placed goalie Mike Smith on the injured reserve as one of their four roster moves that have taken place on Saturday.
Smith has been out with a lower-body injury since getting hurt in a game against the New York Islanders earlier this month. He was injured on Feb. 11 in the final seconds of a victory over the Isles as he had made 23 saves in the game before leaving with just under two seconds remaining.
Back then, the 35-year-old was originally listed as day-to-day with the injury. Now, the news has gotten worse, as Flames general manager Brad Treliving will have to ponder on possible move to make ahead of Monday's trade deadline. The Flames could have to do like Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall managed to do earlier this week, by getting a new goalie into his lineup. With injuries to veterans Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, Hextall traded two conditional draft picks to nab 26-year-old Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings.
One of the issues in Calgary is that Treliving has never before been inclined to deal for rentals and is understandably hesitant to ship out some prospects he’s worked hard to develop for a quick fix. Furthermore, team president Brian Burke said earlier this month the team is looking to add a top-six forward before the deadline, but one thing is sure, Treliving will have to first assess the goaltending.
The GM was not willing to give more information on Smith's status when the Calgary Sunasked on Friday.
“His treatment was off-ice for a couple days to let things settle,” said Treliving of the lower-body ailment that required Smith to be carried off by teammates.
“He skated for three days. (And then took three days off). We’ll have a better sense when we get home.”
In 47 games for the Flames this season, Smith has a 23-16-6 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average.