Flames will ‘cast a wide net’ to find a goalie
OK, so it’s not exactly news that the Calgary Flames will have to address their goaltending this summer. Their team save percentage is a league-worst .894, both Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller are pending unrestricted free agents, and there isn’t an obvious replacement starter in the minors.
Just don’t expect the Flames to limit their options to James Reimer and Frederik Andersen, the two names that get mentioned the most as potential candidates. (Reimer is a pending UFA and Andersen is a pending RFA whom the Ducks may not be able to afford.)
“We will leave no stone unturned and see where we go,” GM Brad Treliving told the Calgary Sun. “It’s obviously a critical position and we’ll cast a wide net.”
The Sun lists 10 potential targets, including Reimer and Andersen, but also Ben Bishop and Jimmy Howard. (The Bolts only have Bishop under contract for one more season, with young Andrei Vasilevskiy waiting in the wings; Howard, with poor numbers and a big contract, has become the No. 2 in Detroit behind Petr Mrazek.)
We’ll add a couple of more names to the Sun’s list -- the Wild’s Darcy Kuemper and the Blues’ Brian Elliott.
So there are definitely options for Treliving to pursue. The question is whether he can identify the right one.