Top trade targets: Goaltenders
February, 17, 2014
By Doug Mittler | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Petr David JosekRyan Miller was impressive in Team USA's win over Slovenia on Sunday.The NHL’s Olympic break has entered its second week and the rosters are frozen until players return from Sochi. But we are closing in on the March 5 trade deadline, so plenty of work is going on behind the scenes.
In anticipation of Deadline Day -- an unofficial holiday for fans of all things puck -- we at Rumor Central are looking at trade targets by position. Cap hit information is from CapGeek.com.
We've already hit the top defensemen and top centers on the market. Today, we continue with goaltenders who could have a new home:
1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Age: 33 | 2013-14 cap hit: $6,250,000 | UFA: 2014-15
Tim Murray is still getting his feet wet as the new general manager of the Sabres, and a trade of Miller will be an integral part of the franchise’s rebuild efforts. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently mentioned the Minnesota Wild as one possible landing spot for Miller, who faces plenty of shots for the struggling Sabres, but has a solid .923 save percentage. Miller looked just fine in goal for the United States on Sunday, coming within 17.6 seconds of a shutout in a win over Slovenia. The Capitals and Blues also have been floated as possible suitors for Miller, an unrestricted free agent July.
2. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Age: 41 | 2013-14 cap hit: $4,500,000 | UFA: 2014-15
One of the intriguing storylines coming out of the Olympic break will be what the Devils do with the 41-year-old Brodeur, a franchise icon who has spent more than two decades in the Garden State, but is now the No. 2 goaltender behind Cory Schneider.