Thomas Greiss is a veteran goalie with a winning record (154-113-37) and a .913 career save percentage. He is reasonably priced ($3.6 million) on an expiring contract. At one point, it seemed as if the Detroit Red Wings might be able to move him at the trade deadline.
But that seems less likely these days because it doesn’t appear many teams will be shopping for goalies.
The Washington Capitals seemed like a possibility because their goaltending this season has been sub-par. But general manager Brian MacLellan didn’t sound like he liked his trade options in a Hockey Now story.
“I think is it’s got to be an obvious upgrade for us for it to make sense or otherwise we go with our guys,” MacLellan said. “Is this going to get us over a hump on the goaltending side? I don’t know if there’s that many guys that are out that are quality, you know, there might be one or two.”
The “two” presumably would be Fleury and Braden Holtby (if the Stars don’t think they will make the playoffs).
Darcy Kuemper’s improved play has taken the Colorado Avalanche off the goalie shopper’s list. The Edmonton Oilers could be chasing Marc-Andre Fleury. Speculation has the Minnesota Wild or Boston Bruins also possibly interested in Fleury. But they aren’t going to be looking at any goalie but Fleury. Some believe Fleury will just stay in Chicago.
It doesn’t seem like there is enough buyers for Greiss to be moved.
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Philadelphia: Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes is returing to the lineup. Hockey Now’s Sam Carchidi wonders if, after two offseason abdominal surgeries and another procedure in January, it would be wiser to sit out the rest of the season.
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