Blackhawks: Five options for the team’s goaltending in 2022-23

By Jimmy Lynch
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Braden Holtby #49, Vancouver Canucks
Braden Holtby #49, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

Braden Holtby

Holtby did not have a great season last year. After winning a championship with the Washington Capitals in 2018, Holtby has fallen off. He played 21 games in Vancouver last season and put up a 3.67 goals against average before getting bought out. He now finds himself signed with the Dallas Stars for 2 million. Maybe the Blackhawks would pursue him depending on how his season goes.

Holtby is only 32 years old and could be a potential fit for the Blackhawks at three or so million to play alongside Lankinen for a season. He would be a good one B goaltender behind Lankinen.

Joonas Korpisalo

The Columbus Blue Jackets are going to have to pick a netminder. Either Merzlikins or Korpisalo will be the starter this coming season and beyond. With Merzlikins being the better of the two netminders my guess would be the team decides to re-sign him over Korpisalo.

Chicago signing Korpisalo next offseason would give the team another option in net that is still young at 28, as goalies play well into their 30s. Of course, Columbus probably won’t let either of their goalies just walk away. He could be dealt at the deadline in order to secure Columbus some form of a draft pick for the goaltender.