With star goaltenders like Braden Holtby, Jacob Markstrom, Corey Crawford and Henrik Lundqvist set to hit the market this offseason, there will be plenty of top tier options for NHL general managers seeking an upgrade in goal.
But, what about those "second tier" free agents? What about guys like Anton Khudobin, Thomas Greiss, Craig Anderson, and Jimmy Howard? Will there be suitors for them as well? Likely, but what about trade targets like Matt Murray, Darcy Kuemper, Marc Andre Fleury or Petr Mrazek? Will they be moved? Honestly, we're sitting on the biggest offseason for goaltender movement in NHL history.
One team that's desperate for some stability in goal is the Edmonton Oilers. On an recent appearance with TSN 1260 radio in Edmonton, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reports that Oilers GM Ken Holland has shown interest in Murray and Kuemper as well as Mrazek. Holland of course knows Mrazek well from their time together with the Detroit Red Wings and LeBrun reports that Holland considers Mrazek to be his "Plan B" if he can't acquire Murray, Kuemper or someone with more of a pedigree.
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I like Mrazek, but is he really the solution that the Oilers have been looking for? Does he give you more than Mikko Koskinen or Mike Smith? Not sure I like this idea. Thoughts, Oilers fans?