While the presumption has been that Pekka Rinne's 7-year contract extension means that Anders Lindback doesn't have a long-term future with the Nashville Predators, might his trip out of town come as early as this season? Professional rumor-monger Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun says exactly that in his latest:
What is Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke going to do to stop the bleeding in net? He can't sit around and let the season slip away and he's trying to address the club's need for goaltending. Here are the names of goalies I'm told are available: Jonathan Bernier (Los Angeles), Scott Clemmensen (Florida), Chris Mason (Winnipeg) and Anders Lindback (Nashville). Lindback is on the list because he's not going to be kept with G Pekka Rinne signed to a seven-year, $49-million contract extension that kicks in next season.
#39 / Goalie / Nashville Predators
May 03, 1988
2011-2012 Salary: $738,000
Restricted Free Agent in Summer 2012
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It's not unheard of to have a quality backup behind your #1 guy for several seasons, and Lindback is still young - but perhaps his value on the trade market might bring something the team needs more in exchange, while the Preds backfill his spot with either a veteran who can comfortably fill the #2 role, or another prospect being groomed for NHL duty.
So what do you think? Is not the time to trade Anders the Giant, and what could the Preds reasonably get in return?