Insider Only NHL Buzz: The First key Domino on the goaltending market falls

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The first domino fell on the goaltending market Friday when the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Scott Darling this week from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2017 third-round pick.

Many teams are looking for the next Cam Talbot and three teams had Darling as their No. 1 target.

Carolina, Las Vegas and the Dallas Stars.

Darling has had Carolina Hurricanes written all over him for months as GM Ron Francis is not a believer in having $5 to $6 million a season tied into one goaltender after the Cam Ward contract hamstrung the Hurricanes for many years..

It’s anticipated a deal will come together between the Hurricanes and Darling in the $3-$3.5 million range.

Many teams between now and the expansion draft are looking to get a leg up as the Blackhawks did and move goaltending assets before losing them for nothing.

Multiple clubs are eyeing Washington’s Philipp Grubauer in a trade once Washington’s season is over as the Golden Knights are destined to select Grubauer if he’s exposed and not traded before the draft.

Grubauer could also be traded to Las Vegas prior to the expansion draft as part of a bigger deal.

Two teams with young goaltending assets, Columbus and Washington, had had trade talks with the Golden Knights about a bigger deal that would send a big money player to Las Vegas to alleviate the cap situation for either club.

The goaltending market projects to see a lot of movement between now and June 20th.

While former Kings GM Dean Lombardi had interest in retaining Ben Bishop and going with a combo of Jonathan Quick and Bishop, it’s expected new Kings GM Rob Blake will shop Bishop’s rights with Dallas very interested.

No one knows for sure what’s going on in Calgary as Brad Treliving status is in question to return as GM but team President Brian Burke is locked in on upgrading the goaltending position.

The names Ben Bishop and Cam Ward are already circulating as top targets, via free agency or trade.

Whether Brad Brad Treliving returns or not, could dictate how interested the Flames are in Pittsburgh’s Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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