The San Jose Sharks were big losers on the goalie trade market. They even traded Anti Niemi, sure they could get an upgrade. However, they lost out on Eddie Lack, Cam Talbot, and Robin Lehner. They didn’t even get Anton Khudobin.
Rumors are now circulating that the Sharks might still have a shot at a goalie, and their trade partner might be the most active team in hockey.
The Boston Bruins seem ready to make every trade available. Recently they added backup goaltender Martin Jones from the Los Angele Kings as a part of the Milan Lucic trade.
Boston now has four goalies; Tuukka Rask, Malcolm Subban, Zane McIntyre and now Jones.
New Bruins general manager Don Sweeney squashed any Rask trade rumors during the NHL draft this weekend. However, the other goalies are not immune. Subban has been the subject of talks since he was drafted.
If the Bruins were to give up Subban, they’d need a lot in return from the Sharks. Also, Subban couldn’t step in and start right away. He played well in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins, but in his one start against the St Louis Blues in the NHL, he gave up six goals.
McIntyre, just signed out of college with North Dakota, would be unlikely to be traded. Before the Bruins traded for Jones, it was expected McIntyre would have been the backup.
That means Jones might be the most viable option for the Sharks to trade for. The Bruins might even decide to keep Jones, to replace Niklas Svedberg who went to the KHL.
San Jose may have missed out on the top goalies, but they still have a shot at adding something viable. The other day Sharks general manager Doug Wilson had this to say to the San Jose Mercury News.
“There are several goalies still out there that are potentially available. We’ll address the goaltending situation. I have no concerns about that.
“We like Alex Stalock and Troy Grosenick, and I think I’ve been very open about saying that we want to add some more goaltenders to this organization,” Wilson said “You’ll see us doing that as the summer progresses.”