NHL | Goaltending Moves

This has been the season with plenty of movement among goalies in the NHL. Teams have new starters and backups but it still goes deeper than that. 

In mid December, Henrik Lundqvist of the Washington Capitals announced on social media that he will not join the Capitals this season due to a heart condition. About a week later, another veteran, Craig Anderson, was signed to a professional tryout and then signed to a one year contract. Vitek Vanecek will be the backup to Samsonov instead of Ludqvist while Anderson will likely be on Washington’s Taxi squad.

Longtime Chicago Blackhawk, Corey Crawford, signed with the New Jersey Devils to backup Makenzie Blackwood. Unfortunately his untimely retirement left a hole in their depth chart. The Devils are now running Scott Wedgewood as the backup for Blackwood. To make up for the lost depth, the Devils claimed Aaron Dell off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dell was the long time backup in San Jose to Martin Jones and had signed with Toronto for one year. The Devils also acquired Eric Comrie off waivers. Comrie, who is all too familiar with moving around on waivers, went from Winnipeg, to Arizona, to Detroit, and back to Winnipeg all through waivers last year.

Anton Forsberg was claimed off waivers by the Hurricanes from the Oilers. When the Hurricanes tried to send him down, he was claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets who had recently lost Eric Comrie to the Devils.

On top of losing depth piece, Anton Forsberg, in waivers, the Edmonton Oilers placed Mike Smith on long term injured reserve (LTIR). He was supposed to start the season opener but will be out for at least ten games according to LTIR rules. Oliver Rodrique was reassigned to their taxi squad from Austria.

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