New Jersey Devils: 5 Under-the-Radar Goalie Trade Options

Goaltender Karel Vejmelka #70 of the Arizona Coyotes is introduced before the NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at Gila River Arena on April 12, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Goaltender Karel Vejmelka #70 of the Arizona Coyotes is introduced before the NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at Gila River Arena on April 12, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1): Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports /

Casey DeSmith

We interrupt your “savior” options to bring you a true depth piece/backup. Casey DeSmith was either the backup or the third-string goalie in Pittsburgh since 2017. He’s been around for the Matt Murray era and now the Tristan Jarry era.

He was just traded to the Montreal Canadiens as part of the Erik Karlsson deal. It seemed likely DeSmith was going to be the odd-man out in Pittsburgh. They re-signed Jarry and signed Alex Nedeljkovic as their tandem under new GM Kyle Dubas. DeSmith was leaving one way or another. It just worked out the Canadiens were ready for a salary dump.

The Canadiens will very happily get rid of DeSmith this offseason. It probably won’t even cost too much. They have three NHL goalies on the roster, so moving one makes sense.

DeSmith has had great numbers throughout his career. Last season was his worst, and he had a .905 save percentage. Prior to that, he’s never had below .912 over a full season. The Devils probably won’t get him to be the starter at any point, but it’s worth a shot.