The seemingly endless drama that is Anaheim’s goaltending situation could have another twist by Feb. 29.
This past weekend, the O.C. Register’s Eric Stephens wrote that Frederik Andersen is one of the Ducks’ “most attractive pieces to dangle” at this month’s trade deadline, because 1) Andersen’s $1.3 million cap hit is “a remarkably affordable deal,” and 2) there’s a feeling within the organization that Andersen, a pending RFA, “will be expendable at some point.”
Why? Because it’s largely assumed that John Gibson, the 22-year-old that made his first NHL All-Star Game this season, is the goalie of the future.
So, Stephens put it to Andersen — is it possible he’ll be dealt by the deadline?
“It’s a fair question,” Andersen replied. “We have two good goalies. (You’re) always going to look for using assets in whatever way. It’s nothing that’s in my control.
“You can’t worry about that stuff. It’s cliché but you really can’t. That’s never going to do anything good.”
Andersen, 26, has certainly upped his value at the right time. After a rough start to the year that included missed time to a back injury and illness — an absence that allowed Gibson to snare the No. 1 gig — the Danish netminder has stormed back recently, posting a .942 save percentage in January and a .931 in February.
The big question, of course, is how hungry the market is for goalies.
The one team that would seem to make sense is Calgary. Neither Jonas Hiller nor Karri Ramo are under contract beyond this year, and Ramo is currently sidelined with a knee injury.
Andersen’s RFA status is appealing for teams, because it gives them control over the contract, and it’s plausible to think Flames GM Brad Treliving could make a play for Andersen now, at the deadline, as opposed to this offseason.