About a month ago, there were rumors about that Anaheim that was in the market for a young, puck-moving defencemen and that they had contacted a handful of teams about a trade -- including our very own Pittsburgh Penguins.
Frederik Andersen was the likely "odd man out" given that ANA had two goalies on 1-way contracts: Hiller and Fasth, as well as the consensus #1 or #1A (Vasilevski) goaltending prospect in Pittsburgh product John Gibson.
I argued that the Pens ought to see whether a deal involving Despres for Andersen might do the trick.
Let's see how Andersen has fared since being called up to help out with Fasth on the IR:
1. A 6-0-0 record to kick off his NHL career.
2. Equally impressive ratios: 1.41 GAA and .952 Save%.
3. The NHL just awarded him the second star of the week distinction for the period ending Nov. 10. During that period, "The 24-year-old netminder posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, while turning aside 92 of the 96 shots he faced. Source: NHL.com
Some on this site countered by saying that Jeff Zatkoff was a capable backup.
Small sample size and all, but his #s are pretty ugly: 1-2-0, 3.35 and .865.
He's not an NHL-caliber goaltender.
The Penguins would be wise to be proactive about this situation.
Fleury has played terrific -- funny how that happens when the defensive play in front of him is improved.
Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Martin!
But Flower can't play 80 games and, God forbid he were to get injured. The Pens would really be over a barrel.
The window for acquiring Andersen at a reasonable price has slammed shut.
Anaheim signed the lanky Dane to a 2-year, 1-way contract.
But the Pens still need to shore up their goaltending.
Any ideas out there in PensBurgh land?