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NHL Rumors: Montreal Canadiens and the New York Islanders

Eric Engels of Sportsnet: Montreal Canadiens backup goaltender Antti Niemi has already been told that he won’t be back next season.

The Canadiens need to find a reliable, cost-effective backup goaltender.

They could re-sign Charlie Lindgren, but he needs to have some competition and earn the spot.

Potential options could be pending free agents Cam Talbot, Brian Elliott, Curtis McElhinney, Anders Nilsson, Keith Kinkaid and Michael Hutchinson.

On the NY Islanders list of pending unrestricted free agents

Andrew Gross of Newsday: Looking at the New York Islanders pending free agents.