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by Brian Rosenbaum
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

With the trading deadline soon approaching, which goalie will be the most likely to be moved?


Brian Rosenbaum: I can see Petr Mrazek being dealt to a team in need of a backup, such as Philadelphia now that Brian Elliott will be out of action for 5-6 weeks. Mrazek, who is a free agent after this season and will not likely be re-signed by the Red Wings, could thrive with a change of scenery as he has stagnated in Detroit. 



Ryan Dadoun: It honestly wouldn't surprise me if no goaltenders get traded between now and the deadline.  Trade deadline goalie moves do happen, but they're hard to pull off and I don't think there's a lot of motivation to make any happen.  Take Philadelphia for example: The Flyers have an injured goaltender, but they also have two goalies signed through 2018-19 to NHL contracts and Stolarz, who while injured is their potential future in goal.  So shopping for a goalie in the Flyers' situation feels like a waste unless they were going all-in this year or the cost is pretty low, because they wouldn't want more than a rental.  In the case of Mrazek, that would mean not taking advantage of his pending RFA status and likely letting him walk. That's the problem I run into: I see teams that might potentially be willing to trade a goaltender like Detroit, Buffalo, and maybe Colorado if they slip out of the playoff race further and Jonathan Bernier recovers from his concussion, but I don't see teams that I'm convinced would trade for a goalie.  Maybe I'm wrong about Philadelphia.  Maybe the Islanders decide to acquire a goalie - though I'd be a bit surprised if they did. But yeah, I could see the Red Wings being willing to trade Mrazek if there is a market for him, so if I'm wrong about the Flyers' agenda then I would agree that he'd be the most likely to be dealt.



Michael Finewax: I cannot see Mrazek being traded as I think the Red Wings haven't given up on him being their goalie of the future. I tend to agree with Ryan in that no team will trade for a starting goalie but perhaps a playoff team will look for some depth in net. You have to wonder if Tampa Bay is willing to deal either the injured Peter Budaj or Louis Domingue but I think they will hold on to both.




Corey Abbott: Petr Mrazek has been on the trading block all season and until recently the Red Wings couldn't give him away.  He wasn't even taken in the expansion draft.  I think Philadelphia could become big players in the goalie market after losing Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth to injuries.  Mrazek is certainly an option, but Buffalo's goaltending situation could be interesting to watch as well.  Chad Johnson is a pending unrestricted free agent and Robin Lehner is a restricted free agent this summer.  They could move one of them at the deadline.    

Brian Rosenbaum
Brian Rosenbaum is the Senior Hockey Editor of Rotoworld.com. He's run the hockey coverage since its inception in 2000.