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Ramo, Lindback Injuries Limit Available Goaltender Market

Ramo, Lindback Injuries Limit Available Goaltender Market

Heading towards the trade deadline, a few teams had goaltenders who may have been expendable.

One of those was Anders Lindback and the Arizona Coyotes. Lindback was playing second fiddle to rookie call-up Louis Domingue, and would likely be the odd man out when starter Mike Smith returned from injury in less than a month’s time.

Another was Karri Ramo of the Calgary Flames; the Flames look far out of the playoff race heading down the final stretch of the 2015-16 season, and they already have a slew of goaltenders in Jonas Hiller, Joni Ortio, and Jon Gillies for both the NHL and AHL level moving forward. Hiller could have been the trade bait instead of Ramo, but the situation remained the same; if the Flames wanted to get value for one of their goaltenders, they could have offered someone up.

Then, the injury bug struck.

First, Lindback was shut down for the season with a torn achilles sustained while stretching; now, Ramo is out for the rest of the year with a meniscus/ACL injury. That left two teams that could have been contributors to the goaltending market without at least one of their NHL goaltenders for the rest of the season – in Arizona’s case, that’s potentially a month without either of their NHL netminders.

The trade market still has potentially moveable pieces, of course. The ever-present question of Frederik Andersen in Anaheim still looms, as the Ducks grow stronger and John Gibson displayed yet another stretch of well-played games for the Pacific Division club. There’s also the potential that one of either James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier is still going to get moved before the deadline; the Leafs have been atrocious, and they could get value for one of their two NHL-level netminders at little cost to them. If a team ultimately decides that they want to go out and pick up a reinforcement, options are still available.

In what’s looking like a potentially stagnant goaltending market this year, though, losing half of the available trade bait – in less than a week, no less – is significant. This could make February extremely interesting in net for a few teams – just not from a trade standpoint, at least not this year.

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Cat Silverman

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn't going to be a Leafs fan. Writer for Today's Slapshot, InGoal Magazine, and Coyotes.NHL.com, coach in the Arizona Coyotes Department of Hockey Development. Goalies are not voodoo.