With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft just over a week away the trade market is starting to heat up.
One player generating a fair amount of interest is Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, according to TheFourthPeriod.
The Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams reportedly interested in Andersen, and according to one league source, trade talks have picked up significantly with at least one team.
He is one of the many Ducks in line for a raise this off-season and, with John Gibson in place as the goaltender of the future, it makes sense to explore trade possibilities.
Of the three teams mentioned I think Carolina makes the least amount of sense. Having re-signed Cam Ward they already have two goaltenders under contract for next season.
Sure they could include Eddie Lack in a potential trade - Anaheim will need a backup - but the Ducks will have to pony up enough money to Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen and co. so paying $2.75 million for a backup probably isn’t overly appealing for them.
There’s also the fact Andersen wouldn’t sign with Carolina after being drafted there, although I am sure he’d happily sign this time around if they give him a fat contract and all the starts he can handle.
That said, I think the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs make more sense as potential trade matches. The Flames don’t have an NHL goaltender under contract, the Maple Leafs have a vacancy in their crease and both teams possess a plethora of draft picks in this year’s draft - something the Ducks are lacking.
Where Andersen ends up is anyone’s guess but luckily we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out.