NHL trade rumors are circulating that the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a backup goalie. Current Pens backup goalie Casey DeSmith has allowed four or more goals in seven of his last nine starts dating back to last season.
Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now reports the Pens management team with Brian Burke and Ron Hextall were interested in an experienced backup goalie over the summer and the team in now searching again.
Three backup goalie options for the Penguins
Kingerski suggests Braden Holtby as the first option. Dallas could soon have three goalies on the NHL roster and an NHL calibre goalie in the AHL very soon. Holtby makes just $2 million and would be worth a phone call.
The second option is Joonas Korpisalo who is now the backup to Elvis Merzlikins in Columbus and makes $2.8 million. He’ll be a UFA next summer.
The third option Kingerski brings up is Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Petr Mrazek. He is injured, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have to pay Jack Campbell next season and Mrazek makes $3.8 million for this season and two more.