Goaltenders becoming more valuable; Roloson to the Flyers?

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As we inch closer to the trade deadline, it’s just a matter of
waiting to see which goaltender will be the first to be traded after the
roster freeze lifted. There are a number of names floating about —
Tomas Vokoun, Jaroslav Halak, Dwayne Roloson, Tim Thomas, Dan Ellis —
and with Ray Emery out of the season it looks like there is a collective
holding of the breath to see what the Flyers do.

Now Philadelphia
technically has the room to trade for a goaltender like Roloson, but
from all accounts today the team is set to move forward with Leighton
between the pipes. That may have changed, just in the past few hours.

All of a sudden it seems that goaltenders have some increased
value after it seemed that the market really wasn’t there. The Emery
injury certainly opens things up, and with teams like Chicago and
Philadelphia in a race to get the best fit, it will be interesting to
see how the asking prices change. You’d certainly think that Halak would
be more valuable than Vokoun, but word is that Montreal is just asking
too much.

Garth Snow suddenly has an incredibly valuable
goaltender on his roster (especially if Dipietro’s knee is ok) and
Roloson may be on his way to Philly. TSN’s Bob McKenzie maintains that a
is nowhere near done, considering Roloson is expected to play
tonight, but “Dallas Dave” is reporting the deal is done in principle.

not going to speculate one way or the other but it does appear that in
the past few hours, especially after word broke that Emery would be
having hip surgery, that a trade for Roloson is in the works. We’ll wait and see how this shakes out — I’m still trying to determine just how much I trust Dave anyway.