Blackhawks: The Arizona Coyotes might have a goalie for Chicago
The Arizona Coyotes might have a couple of goalies that could interest the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Chicago Blackhawks roster is starting to take shape. With the additions of Seth and Caleb Jones, the defense is taking steps forward, now one position that still needs to be addressed is goaltending.
I know there are some big-name players out there that are available, but to me, one of the goalies from Arizona makes the most sense. For that, I am talking about Antti Raanta or Darcy Kuemper. Raanta is a free agent goalie looking to find a new home, while Kuemper is on the final year of his deal that is worth 4.5 million.
I think these are two interesting names to keep in mind. Antti Raanta is familiar with the Blackhawks organization and is only 32 years old. Maybe they could sign him to a two-million-dollar contract for one or two seasons to lock up a good goalie in order to have someone to split time within net.
Kuemper is arguably the better goalie out of the two, but he has had injury problems and would require Chicago to send something to Arizona because they are not giving him up for free. Yes, this team has a handful of young forwards they could ship out, but I do not think they will want to do so for a goalie like Kuemper.
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Chicago needs a goalie:
This is going to be a long 82 game season for the Blackhawks. For Kevin Lankinen, he is the supposed starter going into the season, but honestly, he did struggle with some consistency issues throughout the course of the 56 game season. So now with 82 games on the horizon, this team needs to add another option to support Lankinen.
The goalie really wouldn’t be a full-on backup, because I think the team doesn’t want to use Lankinen as a full-time start just yet. While Chicago could go with Subban or Delia, I do not think they want to repeat the goalie tandem of last season.
Chicago has almost six million in cap space, what they do with it could decide how the season goes. I do not think anyone expects them to win the Stanley Cup this coming year, but with a few more moves they could be in the postseason when all is said and done in April.