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Goalkeeper carousel continues to spin on day two of the NHL Draft

MONTREAL ( Associated Press) — The goalkeeper’s carousel swirled on Friday even before the second day of the NHL Draft began, with two more moving ahead amid a flurry of trades and signings.

The St. Louis Blues traded Ville Husso the free agent rights to the Detroit Red Wings, who immediately signed him to a three-year contract, and the New Jersey Devils acquired Vitek Venacek from the Washington Capitals.

The domino effect began on Thursday when the Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche got Alexander Georgiev from the New York Rangers. That move ensured that playoff starter Darcy Kumper would hit the open market.

There is no shortage of teams interested in Kumper and other goaltenders available by trade or free agency.

Husso was set to be one of those options before Detroit sent St. Louis the 73rd pick for the 27-year-old Finn. He received a $14.25 million deal over the next three seasons with an annual cap hit of $4.75 million.

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The Red Wings will now pair Huso with Alex Nedeljkovic, whom they acquired the previous season, as they moved from rebuilding to claim.

New Jersey is still a few years away from him, but the Devils needed a goalkeeper and found a goalkeeper in Wenesek with the 46th pick after sending Washington numbers 37 and 70. The Capitals are in the market for a seasoned Netminder to play alongside Ilya Samsonov until they move on as well.

“We’ll explore business opportunities there, we’ll look at the free agent market and then we’ll analyze the (restricted free agent) contracts that are coming,” general manager Brian McClellan said earlier in the week.

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The Philadelphia Flyers, who have uncertainty over injured defenseman Ryan Ellis and a hole on his blue line even though he returned, acquired Tony DeAngelo from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday for several draft picks. He then signed her to a $10 million, two-year contract.

And the Florida Panthers re-signed Etu Luostarinen to a $3 million, two-year deal.

“Etu is a selfless, dependable and mind-blowing player who plays every night with consistency,” said GM Bill Zito. “We are excited to have him back in our lineup.”

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