Top 10 NHL Trade Candidates (Goalie Edition): Sergei Bobrovsky and More

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The goalie trade market doesn’t typically produce blockbuster deals. That’s mostly because goalies don’t generate a huge return and no teams are willing to move goalies who might be good enough to bring in a huge amount of talent in return.

Having said that, it’s a position that’s facing some upheaval in the league and there will be some free agent moves on the position, but there could also be some trades.

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Here are 10 goalies that could be traded this offseason (stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick).

Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida (39-7-3, 0.913 SV%, 2.67 GAA, 8.6 above average saves)

After a couple of bad seasons, the 33-year-old bounced back in 2021-2022. It wasn’t back to his winning level at the Vezina Trophy, but still a well above average season playing for a competitor.

Of course, his contract is an albatross capped at $10 million for four more seasons, and the Panthers are reportedly aggressively trying to move Bobrovsky with withheld salary. That might not be enough, but with Spencer Knight poised to take over, the Panthers will be motivated sellers.

Alexander Georgiev, NY Rangers (15-10-2, 0.898 SV%, 2.92 GAA, -7.6 GSAA)

If Georgiev ever wants to be a starter, he probably has better odds somewhere outside of Manhattan because Igor Shesterkin should have that position with Rangers for a while.

Georgiev is coming off his worst season, so the timing isn’t great, but the restricted free agent has generally been a competent reinforcement. With a new team, the 26-year-old could perhaps handle even more.

Matt Murray, Ottawa (5-12-2, 0.906 SV%, 3.05 GAA, -0.5 GSAA)

The 28-year-old was a crucial part of two Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup winners but struggled in his final season with the Penguins and his debut season with the Senators. He recovered somewhat in 2021-2022, delivering near-average results in 20 games before getting injured.

That doesn’t readily justify the $6.25 million cap hit his contract has for the next two seasons, so the Sens may have to dig into that trade. However, with Anton Forsberg and Filip Gustavsson being a potential bargain-barrel tandem in goal, they could afford to keep some salary.

Petr Mrazek, Toronto (12-6-0, 0.888 SV%, 3.34 GAA, -9.6 GSAA)

Health has become a major issue for the 30-year-old, who has only played 32 games in the last two seasons. Mrazek was an above-average goaltender in three seasons with Carolina, but last season in Toronto was the worst of his career. Now the Leafs either have to figure out how it works or find a team that will bag their $3.8 million cap hit over the next two seasons.

If the Leafs complete a swap for a high-profile goaltender, Mrazek’s deal would certainly go the other way.

John Gibson, Anaheim (18-26-11, 0.904 SV%, 3.19 GAA, -5.6 GSAA)

There was a pretty good period early in his career where Gibson deserved to be among the top goaltenders in the league. The past three seasons have been a notable departure from that level of play and the 28-year-old may be tempted to go elsewhere while the Ducks rebuild.

If it were Peak Gibson, there would be little trouble finding a team that would take the five years and $6.4 million cap remaining on his contract. But he’s three years away from Peak Gibson, so a deal could be more complicated.

Adin Hill, San Jose (10-11-1, 0.906 SV%, 2.66 GAA, -0.7 GSAA)

The Sharks are suddenly blessed with three NHL-quality goalies, with James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen joining Hill in the crease. Any of the three could be moved, but Hill could be the most intriguing. The 26-year-old has played 74 games in his career, averaging league-average results, and has one year left on a cap-hit contract of $2.175 million a season. He would be a strong reinforcement or quality option as part of a tandem.

Semyon Varlamov, NY Islanders (10-17-2, 0.911 SV%, 2.91 GAA, 4.0 GSAA)

Although the islanders seem content to manage Ilya Sorokin and Varlamov’s goalkeeping tandem, it’s easy to argue that 34-year-old Varlamov is overqualified to play a back-up role.

For any teams potentially in need of a legitimate starter for next season, there’s likely a significant enough offer that could lure Varlamov away from the Islanders. He doesn’t need a massive investment as his contract has one year left at a $5 million cap.

Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders makes a save in the second half against the Washington Capitals at UBS Arena on April 28, 2022 in Elmont, New York at UBS Arena. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images via AFP.

Laurent Brossoit, Vegas (10-9-3, 0.895 SV%, 2.90 GAA, -7.3 GSAA)

When the Golden Knights fought for their playoff lives last season, Logan Thompson played an important role on the net and that could make Brossoit expendable now. The 29-year-old has had a poor season but has alternated between above and below average seasons over the past five years. His contract has one year left at $2.325 million.

Ilya Samsonov, Washington (23-12-5, 0.896 SV%, 3.02 GAA, -12.5 GSAA)

There has been general dissatisfaction with the Capitals’ goalie in 2021-2022, so it seems likely that at least one of their goalies will make a change. The starter job was up for grabs, but Samsonov missed the opportunity and now needed a fresh start elsewhere.

Since he’s only 25, there would certainly be some recovery teams willing to risk their ability to get Samsonov, a restricted free agent, back in shape.

Vitek Vanecek, Washington (20-12-6, 0.908 SV%, 2.67 GAA, 0.9 GSAA)

If it’s not Samsonov moving out of DC, then Vanecek would be the one to go. He likely played more-than-expected for the Capitals in 2021-2022, posting league-average results. The 26-year-old could be reasonably attractive as a trading chip. He’s a restricted free agent but has been a competent player in 79 career games over the past two seasons.

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