One player who has apparently piqued the interest of some teams around the league is Charlie Lindgren.
Lindgren, who will turn 25 next month, came up during a Friday morning radio hit with Elliotte Friedman on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960.
The entry point to this note came following a discussion on the Florida Panthers, who occupy last place in the Atlantic Division.
“I have heard that the pressure is definitely ratcheting up there. I do believe that’s true that that is going on,” said Friedman of the Panthers. “But one of the guys I think they had interest in last year was Charlie Lindgren, who’s Montreal’s young goaltender, who’s playing this year in Laval at the American Hockey League.
“Charlie Lindgren is a really talented young guy who, from what I understand, is playing very well. I haven’t seen him, but I’ve heard good things about him. And he’s got talent. Montreal has kind of kept him there. They don’t want him as a backup, only playing 20 games, which makes a lot of sense. Niemi has done well for them.
“I think there have been teams, and I do believe Florida is one, who have gone to the Canadiens and said, ‘What would you do there.’ He’s signed to a three-year deal at very reasonable money. And I just understand the price is high. If you want him - because I know the Canadiens like him, and they like having him there as an option for whatever happens in the future because you never know - I think he’s a guy that Florida has looked at.
“But we’ve talked about this on your show. I spoke to Jimmy Howard this week. And there have been reports that Howard is going to sign a short-term extension in Detroit. And he said, ‘Look, there have been no conversations, but everybody here knows how I feel. I want to be a Red Wing my entire career.’
“So if not Jimmy Howard, then who. Who’s available that you’re looking at and saying, ‘A) I can get, B) I want to get, and C) I don’t have to pay the most outrageous of prices to do it.’ And there’s not a lot of guys.
“People are talking about Bobrovsky’s a free agent, Varlamov’s a free agent. But if you’re Columbus and Colorado, and you’ve got aspirations to compete, why are you trading these guys? Even if you’re not going to sign them, why would you trade them now while you’re in the race.
“So if you really go up and down the league and say, ‘Oh boy, here’s a difference-maker we think we can get our hands on,’ who is there? Lindgren might actually be the best guy. But the price to get him, assuming even Montreal wants to do that, I think would be really, really high.”
Lindgren is in the first season of a three-year, $2.25 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $750,000.
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