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New York Islanders Linked To Philipp Grubauer (Report)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Goalie Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Washington Capitals follows the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Goalie Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Washington Capitals follows the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders are already linked to a goalie who is expected to be available, Philipp Grubauer of the Washington Capitals.

The Summer of Lou continues, just two days after he relieved Garth Snow of his duties, the New York Islanders are already linked to one of the bigger goalie names on the market. According to Pierre LeBrun, the Islanders are interested in Capitals backup Philipp Grubauer.

Grubauer has been with the Capitals since 2012-2013, and the 26-year-old netminder has had a very successful career so far as a backup and may finally be getting the opportunity to start elsewhere next year.

This past year Grubauer’s got the most action he’s seen in a season, he posted a .923 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against average in 35 games. His 10.64 goals saved above average was the highest of his career.

Arguably Grubauer’s best year came two season’s ago. He had career best’s in save percentage, .926, and goals against average with a 2.04.

Washington’s been big on him for a while, that’s why he’s been there for six years but they might not be able to afford to keep on the roster as a backup and they’re likely better off trading his RFA rights to a team that’ll start him.

Braden Holtby has really come alive in the playoffs, after a down regular season so there’s no doubt he’ll be in net for next year. Especially if they end the Final tonight, why wouldn’t they want to bring him back again?

The concern with Grubauer is two things. One, he’s never started more than 28 games in the league, and also in a small sample size, his playoff numbers aren’t very good. In four games he has a .835 save percentage and a 4.24 goals against average.

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Along with the goalies from Arizona, Carter Hutton, and Robin Lehner, Grubauer is amongst the biggest goalie options that’ll be available this offseason. Big Lou is already out there throwing his hat in the ring for one of the best goalies on the market.

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