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Scouts Talk Driedger, Ullmark, Grubauer & Other UFA Goalies | SJHN+

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“I wouldn’t count out the Sharks going for Grubauer.”

Could the San Jose Sharks pursue free agency’s premier goaltending prize? That’s what one NHL scout suggested to San Jose Hockey Now.

It sounds crazy, but if Philipp Grubauer comes in at a contract comparable to fellow UFA Jacob Markstrom’s six-year, $36 million dollar pact last off-season, the San Jose Sharks could have the cap space.

“I think goaltending, we have to address,” GM Doug Wilson said in May. “The 3C spot, certainly we have to look at and explore.”

We’ve already talked to three NHL scouts about free agents at center:

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We also offered up some potential trade targets up the middle:

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Yesterday, we looked at potential trade candidates between the pipes for the San Jose Sharks:

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Now, let’s talk free agent netminders: How does the rest of the league see UFAs Grubauer, Frederik Andersen, Jonathan Bernier, James Reimer, Petr Mrazek, Jaroslav Halak, Chris Driedger, Linus Ullmark, Laurent Brossoit, David Rittich, and Antti Raanta?

Of this group, who do the scouts see as true No. 1 starters? Or as better fits for a 1A-1B tandem? Or as just back-ups?

Philipp Grubauer

Scout #1: I wouldn’t count out the Sharks going for Grubauer. I wouldn’t count it out. They still got the core and they still want to win, right?

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