Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark
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Five frontrunners emerge for Bruins Vezina winner Linus Ullmark

Published May 26, 2024 at 9:40 PM

The Boston Bruins have a difficult conundrum on their hands with their goaltending tandem of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman.

Jeremy Swayman took over the starters net for the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs this season, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs and putting up a great effort against the Florida Panthers.

Linus Ullmark won the 2022-23 Vezina Trophy for his best in the league performances.

Having this type of tandem is a massive advantage for the Boston Bruins, but all good things must come to an end, and with Jeremy Swayman headed to restricted free agency (where it is estimated he wants an eight-year deal in the range of $8.3 million annually), the Bruins can only realistically afford to keep one.

Linus Ullmark is the much more likely one to move, considering he is older and is in the final year of his $25-million deal with the Boston Bruins, but his no-trade clause makes things difficult.

Don Sweeney put it as such:

"We're going to explore opportunities. My phone's going to ring. I'm going to make calls. That's just what the job requires and at times, unfortunately, things start to leak out and that's your job. You guys do a hell of a job of figuring those things out, piecing them together."

Five contenders have now emerged for Linus Ullmark:

"The Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams that expressed interest in Ullmark during the season – we know the Kings and Sens pitched offers before the trade deadline – and I've got to think all four clubs will reach out this summer, if they haven't already. The Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings could reach out next month, too."

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