Surprisingly, no goalies were dealt on Monday’s trade deadline day. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any situations arising this week, considering that four goalies were placed on waivers on Saturday. Let’s get right down to it.
Tampa Bay Lightning
With Dan Ellis traded to the Ducks, this team is now Dwayne Roloson’s full-time. Although he pretty much was starting most of their games, it’s clear that now he’s their guy for better or for worse. The Lightning recalled Mike Smith from the AHL, and he will back up Roloson. Curtis McElhinney, who had been traded to Tampa Bay in the Ellis deal, was claimed on waivers by Ottawa on Monday. Roloson has started all three games since the trade and seven of the Lightning’s past eight. He’s allowed five goals in his past three games- all wins. Smith, who hasn’t started a game since December 18, has been inconsistent, and will probably only manage a few starts down the stretch. Roloson is a good play down the stretch.
St. Louis Blues
The injury to Jaroslav Halak has forced the Blues to use a time-share with Ty Conklin and Ben Bishop. Conklin had a shutout in his first game after the injury, but allowed ten goals in fewer than seven periods since then, following which the Blues placed him on waivers (he was unclaimed). Bishop has been the better of the two by far, going 2-2 with a 1.55 GAA and a .948 SV%. Halak, who has been out since February 14 could be ready for Tuesday’s game against Calgary, which would be a great sign for the Blues (and fantasy owners) who are only seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Conklin appears to no longer be worth a roster spot, but Bishop is worth keeping if you have him, at least until Halak is back and healthy.
Jonas Hiller, who had been suffering from fatigue, has not played a game since February 13 despite taking shots in practice recently. This is why the Ducks traded for Ellis, who has already started two games with the Ducks after only starting two in the month of February with the Lightning. If Ellis is available in your league, he is definitely worth a pickup, as his value greatly increased after the trade. Ray Emery, who the Ducks recalled last week, hasn’t started yet. He might play a little bit, but right now, there’s no reason to divert from Ellis.
After starting 18 straight games, Ondrej Pavelec has been on the bench for two of the Thrashers’ past four games. According to the team’s website, he is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Chris Mason, who will probably start Tuesday’s game, has not played well this season (3.54 GAA and .894 SV%), including a 2-6 record in his past eight games. Pavelec has clearly been the better of the two goalies this season, and the Thrashers will need him to be even better as their late-season playoff push continues. Personally, I wouldn’t start either of them this week. It’s just too risky with Mason, and even if Pavelec returns, he might not be 100 percent.
Craig Anderson has gone 3-1 since the Senators acquired him, allowing only five goals in those four games. The Sens are the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but Anderson has seemed to enjoy the change of scenery from Colorado. With Pascal Leclaire recently placed on waivers so that he can be kept in the AHL, McElhinney will now back up Anderson. How much time the new backup will see is unclear right now.
Martin Biron broke his collarbone during practice on Monday. He will probably miss the rest of the season, which means Henrik Lundqvist better stay healthy or the Rangers are in trouble. The Rangers called up Cam Talbot from the AHL to back up Lundqvist.
The Oilers placed Nikolai Khabibulin on the IR with an eye injury. Devan Dubnyk has started and will probably start most of the Oilers’ meaningless games down the stretch, and Martin Gerber has been recalled. He hasn’t played since November and has been unhappy at not getting a chance to play for the Oilers this season, spending most of the year with their AHL team in Oklahoma City.