Grabbing a true established starting goalie in the league would be an interesting move for the Canes. However, this comes back to the same problem as bringing in a goaltender like Mason, a goalie like Brian Elliott is too far into his career for what Carolina is looking for.
The Philadelphia Flyers starting goaltender is also putting together an inconsistent season, but much better than what Darling’s production has been so far. Elliott does have the Flyers in a playoff spot right now, all while posting a .908 save percentage.
Both Mason and Elliott do have save percentages below the league average, but they also both are part of squads currently in a playoff position. Another problem with Elliott that turned away a few potential suitors was his play during his time with the Calgary Flames.
Elliott was squeezed out of both Calgary and St. Louis, as the Blues now carry Jake Allen as their staring goaltender. But, Elliott does have playoff experience and gives head coach Bill Peters a much better goalie duo, with Ward, than with the way Darling is playing at this moment.