Having goaltending depth is always important but in this unique 2020-21 season that statement might be more true than ever. Just this week the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars were forced to dress their third and fourth-string goalies due to a combination of injuries and potential COVID-19 cases, something no team wants to risk come playoff time.
But under the flat cap making moves isn't easy, which is why we've seen a number of goalies get claimed off the waiver wire -- some of them more than once. However, for teams like the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals or Toronto Maple Leafs, a more proven goaltender could be had via trade.
With all that being said, here are 12 goaltenders who could be moved by Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, in no particular order.
All contract information can be sourced to CapFriendly.com
Jonathan Bernier, Red Wings
GP: 17 | SV%: .918 | Contract: UFA after this season
While the Red Wings continue to work through a rebuild, Bernier has been a bright spot for the team over the past three seasons. But as the 32-year-old heads to unrestricted free agency this summer, GM Steve Yzerman will look to capitalize on Bernier's value as a depth goaltender to add more draft picks or prospects to the team. Unfortunately for Yzerman, Bernier has been out since March 18 with a lower-body injury although head coach Jeff Blashill expects his goalie back later this week.
Elvis Merzlikins/ Joonas Korpisalo, Blue Jackets
Merzlikins -- GP: 17 | SV%: .916 | Contract: Signed through '21-22 with $4M cap hit
Korpisalo -- GP: 27 | SV%: .900 | Contract: Signed through '21-22 with $2.8M cap hit
With the Blue Jackets on the very fringe of the playoff race in the Central Division, the expectation is general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is open for business. Two of his more valuable trade pieces might be his goaltenders who, while inconsistent, have both shown flashes of elite play and come with affordable contracts beyond this season. As a bonus, Merzlikins doesn't need to be protected in the expansion draft as he's a second-year player, which could make him appealing to a team looking for a backup long-term.