NHL Rumors: Capitals looking at another veteran goalie, Corey Perry with the Leafs heating up, and Ilya Kovalchuk back to KHL

The news of Henrik Lundqvist unable to play was heartbreaking both literally and figuratively. Now the Washington Capitals are in search of another goalie and that’s where we begin our daily NHL Rumors post.

NHL Rumors: Capitals need to replace Henrik Lundqvist

Ilya Samsonov was expected to take the number one spot regardless this season for the Capitals. That’s why they let Braden Holtby walk in free agency. Of course, they had the best back-up plan ever in Henrik Lundqvist.

Now the chatter on the hockey rumor mill is that the Caps are in the market for a goalie. Two names they are attached too and likely will sign are Craig Anderson and Jimmy Howard. For what it’s worth, I think Anderson is as good as done.

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Craig Anderson (AP)

The 39 year-old goalie was one of my top options for a PTO, but now seems destined to turn in one red jersey for another. Anderson was the backbone for a very bad Ottawa Senators franchise for a long time. On most nights, the Senators would’ve been blow out of the water if not for this 17 year veteran.

I expect the Caps to reel him in next week.

NHL Rumors: Corey Perry with the Maple Leafs?

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Corey Perry wins it in double OT (Dallas News / Codie McLachlan)

What started as some idle chatter that seemed only to fill time on the airwaves is picking up steam. TSN’s Dave Poulin had a lot to say in a recent edition of That’s Hockey when it came to UFA, Corey Perry.

“Go home,” said Poulin, referring to Toronto. “Join Jason Spezza and Joe Thornton and have some fun. They won’t need you until the playoffs anyway.”

via Ottawa Sun

With the agreement reached last night, and if Perry is willing to take a base $1 million deal with no bonuses, he could be part of the Leafs roster. At least as a member of the taxi squad. There’s now legit buzz to this story as of today, so let’s see what happens.

Ilya Kovalchuk has signed back in Russia?

Ilya Kovalchuk played last season for $700,000 and I thought would do so again for a contender. In 46 games last season, he notched 10 goals and 26 points. He returned from the KHL with the LA Kings in the 2018-19 season and scored 16 goals with 34 points in 64 games. 

Now it appears that he may sign back in the KHL. Let’s see if this goes through.