Checking in on the goalie trade market

For teams that are in need of an NHL-caliber goaltender, it may be worth calling Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff about Ondrej Pavelec. Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

The saga of Jacob Trouba has been at the center of the league’s trade speculation, but it’s quite possible he won't be the first Jet to get moved this season. As outlined by my colleague Pierre LeBrun on Thursday, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, already known for his patience, isn’t rushing this. In other words, it could take a while.

But as that drags out, goalies are starting to go down. The Los Angeles Kings lost Jonathan Quick for three months with a groin injury, and are now turning to Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj. The Arizona Coyotes' Mike Smith is day to day with a leg injury.

Meanwhile, the Jets have a perfectly capable NHL goalie in Ondrej Pavelec playing in the AHL after they opted to keep Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson in the NHL.