The 2020 NHL free agency class looks to be deep with quality UFA goaltenders. Will the Carolina Hurricanes be bidders for any of their services?
The upcoming 2020 NHL free agent class looks to be one of the deepest in recent memory when it comes to the goaltending position. With several current or former number one netminders set to hit the open market, will the Carolina Hurricanes test the UFA pool?
In years past, the goaltending position has been a glaring weakness on the Hurricanes roster. Whether it was struggling to find a decent backup to Cam Ward or looking for a true number one guy the past few seasons, the position has always been a topic of interest surrounding the franchise.
This past season the Canes took massive strides forward with a solid and consistent performance from the duo of Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney. Leading Carolina to their first post season birth in almost a decade, things were finally looking up until both guys opted to test free agency in the summer.
While McElhinney would end up departing to Tampa, the Canes were able to lock up Petr to a two year deal. After acquiring James Reimer from the Florida Panthers earlier in the off season, Carolina had a new tandem in net.
When this season started, and goaltending was back to being a mixed bag, rumors once again started to circulate that Don Waddell would look to make a move to address the position before the trade deadline. Although both Mrazek and Reimer have since gone on to put together a string of solid performances and solidify the position, let us take a look at some of the pending free agents and what they could possibly bring to the table next season and beyond.