Insider Only NHL Rumors: Goaltending market starts with Scott Darling?

Darling on multiple teams wishlist

The goaltending market is going to be flooded this summer with a ton of options for teams via free agency and trades with plenty of value type signings out there for clubs to make.

There’s going to be more goaltenders available than teams looking.

The goaltending market is not expected to start with Ben Bishop. It’s expected to start with Scott Darling. More and more teams are looking to find a No. 1 starter in the $3 million a year range, a ball park Darling is expected to command.

Pierre LeBrun reports Darling is expected to be the Cam Talbot of the summer.

Darling is said to be at the top of the Carolina Hurricanes wishlist and is also reportedly high on the Stars target list.

However, the scuttlebutt is the Vegas Golden Knights are likely to get the first crack at speaking with Darling during the expansion draft UFA window as they also have Darling very high on their goaltending wishlist. Vegas has scouted over 12 games of Darlings’ starts this season, per a league source, and are among the teams that view Darling as a legit No. 1 starter. They’ve been tracking him hard all season.

One team that’s not expected to be hot and heavy in the Darling market is the Calgary Flames. If the Flames go in a different direction from Brian Elliott, it’s expected they’ll be chasing an established No. 1 goaltender. That’s potentially good news for the Penguins.

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