Another trade blocked by Linus Ullmark!

Another trade blocked by Linus Ullmark!

The goalie is not only stopping pucks, but trades as well…

Chris Gosselin

Reports are piling up that Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark blocked a trade at the deadline with insiders pointing to the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche as the destinations the netminder turned down.

On Friday morning, another report surfaced that New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald went after Ullmark, who potentially nixed a trade. According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen, the Devils were after Ullmark, as many rival clubs were, but couldn’t have been veteod by the netminder himself when a trade was suggested by Fitzgerald.

This is from Garrioch’s report:

“The [Ottawa] Senators, Los Angeles Kings, and New Jersey Devils were among several teams that made a push for the 30-year-old Ullmark before the deadline. The indications are Ullmark refused to change his 15-team no-trade list, which meant a possible deal to the Devils was scuttled.”

There is a strong sense in Boston that Ullmark will be on the move, seeing that Jeremy Swayman is ready to be the team’s full-time starter. The young goalie signed a one-year, $3.475 million contract in arbitration last summer and is set for restricted free agency again in July. He could be given the full starting role and Boston could go get an affordable veteran backup option to support him in the future.

However, Ullmark is in control with his no-trade list and will be able to nix more trade offers that come his way if he does not like the landing spot. The Bruins and general manager Don Sweeney have mentioned earlier this week how they would like to keep the duo of Swayman and Ullmark together, but the latter has hinted at his desire to be a starting goalie, which won’t happen in Boston.

But where if he keeps nixing trades?

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