The Sharks have one goalie too many.
Kaapo Kähkönen, James Reimer and Adin Hill all have credible claims for NHL playing time. The 25-year-old Kähkönen, just acquired at the trade deadline for Jake Middleton, appears to be the anointed one though: He’s expected to enter the season as the Sharks’ starter.
That leaves Reimer or Hill likely in the cold.
So what are likely trade destinations for either goalie?
I spoke with eight beat writers from eight NHL cities -- Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports; Joe Yerdon of Bleacher Report, Noted Hockey and Maintenance Day; Taylor Baird of Defending Big D; Dane Mizutani of St. Paul Pioneer Press; Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now; Rob Simpson of Vancouver Hockey Now; Owen Krepps of Vegas Hockey Now; and Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now -- to gauge their team’s interest in Reimer or Hill.
Before we get into whether the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Vegas Golden Knights or Washington Capitals might have interest in Reimer or Hill, let’s try to establish each keeper’s trade value.
Reimer, 34, enjoyed a strong campaign with the Sharks and has another season on his contract with a $2.25 million Average Annual Value. Hill, 26, struggled to stay healthy and has one more year with a $2.175 million AAV.
A source told San Jose Hockey Now that the Sharks’ asking price for Reimer in recent trade talks was a second-round pick.