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Goalie changes ahead?

Updated: March 27, 2013, 11:54 AM ET
By Craig Custance

There won't be a team more relieved to see next week's trade deadline come and go than the Calgary Flames. It's bad enough that their captain and face of the franchise is the crown jewel of trade deadline rentals, but now the focus has expanded beyond Jarome Iginla to include Miikka Kiprusoff.

There's speculation now as to whether the veteran goalie would report to any team that trades for him, and he skipped out on postgame media availability Tuesday night in Chicago. Colleague Scott Burnside covered that development well in his report from Chicago.

It might not matter. At least right now. A look around the league shows that there just aren't too many teams in desperate need of a starting goalie at this moment. Toronto has been connected to Calgary, but James Reimer is proving to be more than capable of guiding that team back into the playoffs.

Right now, there are more goalies available than there are teams with real goalie needs.

That could change this summer, potentially pretty dramatically.

An estimate of eight teams that could be searching for a new goalie proved to be a bit conservative when a team executive ran down the league and was able to tack on three or four more depending on how a few goalies perform in the playoffs.

In a league in which player movement is slowing to a crawl as general managers hoard talent, goaltending might end up being the exception.

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