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Yzerman actually isn’t ruling out trading for a goalie

Steve Yzerman

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has clarified the comments he made yesterday that seemed to indicate he was only willing to explore the draft and free agency to fill his team’s goaltending vacancy.

Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s also willing to go the trade route if he can find a “younger guy that maybe has a little less experience that can step up and play well for us now.”

If that’s the case, we can still presume he’s not interested in 33-year-old Roberto Luongo; however, he’d definitely be interested in Cory Schneider, 26.

Of course, given Luongo’s reportedly asked for a trade, it doesn’t appear a deal with Vancouver is on the horizon.

So who else could Yzerman pursue?

L.A.’s Jonathan Bernier is one option. The 23-year-old has a limited and not particularly convincing NHL résumé (just 42 starts with a .909 save percentage), but he’s still considered a blue-chipper.

The Senators have two youngsters in Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner.

Nashville has Anders Lindback.

And just because we enjoy baseless speculation, what if Yzerman were to call the Panthers about Jacob Markstrom, then Luongo could go to Florida? It’s farfetched for any number of reasons, but you should still spread the rumor via Twitter and internet message boards.