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1 The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:37 pm

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Taking a look around the NHL, it looks like 'the goalie situation' is less than settled for more than a few teams.

Going into the playoffs, there are the inevitable questions like "Who's The Go-To Guy" and the old 'Soft Goal Syndrome' discussion to liven up the hockey chat.

Fast forward to next season...there are logjams for some, and WTFs for others.


Many of the UFAs are currently backup goalies, but some have excellent numbers and are good value, in the half million to million dollar range.

There are also some interesting RFAs, Josh Harding and Brian Elliot being the most notable.

So could we see a little or a lot of movement from now until next year?

Here's a look at the main goalies currently on the depth charts. These are ones in the current line-ups; as well as substitutes and prospects who have been called up this season either for regular or exhibition games.

EAST:

Atlanta: Lehtonen (RFA), Hedberg, Pavelec
Can't keep Ondrej down on the farm forever.

Boston: Thomas, Rask, Fernandez (UFA)
Manny may be the man on the move. Will his chronic back problems cut his career short?

Buffalo: Miller, Lalime, Tellqvist (UFA)
It's always Miller time, but who's on tap if Ryan goes down?

Carolina: Ward, Leighton
Looks like status quo and good to go.

Florida: Vokoun, Anderson (UFA)
Vokoun was in tune, but Craig was more than capable. Do they let him walk?

Montreal: Price, Halak, Denis (UFA)
The Carey and Jaro Show looks set, so does Marky Marc try his luck elsewhere?

New Jersey: Brodeur, Clemmensen (UFA), Weekes (UFA)

Marty, he Da Man. Does Clem want to play 2nd violin? Does Weekes walk or wait?

New York Islanders: DiPietro, McDonald (UFA), Danis (UFA), Mannino
RDP's the big ticket, but Joey was in the thick of it. What should they do?

New York Rangers: Lundqvist, Valiquette (UFA)

Henrik is The King. But does Stevie V want to do his thing?

Ottawa: Leclaire, Elliott (RFA), Auld

Pascal is primed. Will Bri-El want more time? Does AA stay, or is he on his way?

Pittsburgh: Fleury, Garon (UFA)

Marky Flower has the power. But does Matty G want to be Plan B?

Philadelphia: Biron (UFA), Niittymaki (UFA)
Uh-oh. Who's up and who's on deck? Who stays, who goes? Who’s next?

Tampa Bay: Smith, Ramo (RFA), McKenna (RFA)

Mike Smith looks set, but Ramo and McKenna both show promise. Who wins out?

Toronto: Toskala, Gerber (UFA), Joseph (UFA), Pogge, Kolzig (UFA)
More fun than a barrel of monkeys, and just as effective. Are they better than everyone thinks, or will The Burke be bold?

Washington: Theodore, Johnson (UFA), Varlamov
Is Jose A Go-Go the go-to guy? Does Brent say bye-bye? Is Simeon on standby?

WEST

Anaheim: Giguere, Hiller
Maybe Jiggy didn’t get jiggy wit’it, but Hiller’s more than just filler.

Calgary: Kiprusoff, McElhinney (UFA)
When Kipper isn’t chipper, Curt’s chipped in, but does that combo win—or is it too thin?

Chicago: Khabibulin (UFA), Huet, Niemi (RFA), Crawford (RFA)
Khabby’s The Wall again—for how long? Is Cristo the Count? Is there room for the kids?

Colorado: Budaj (RFA), Raycroft (UFA)
Heeelp! Do the Avs have the cash to add some flash?

Columbus: Mason, Dubielewicz (UFA)
Mase is on the case. What they do with Dubie?

Dallas: Turco, Tobias (UFA), Climie (RFA)
Has Turco’s time run out? Who steps up?

Detroit: Osgood, Conklin (UFA), Howard
Is Ozzy on or off? Can they keep Conks? And can Jimmy make the jump?

Edmonton: Roloson (UFA), Drouin-Deslauriers, Sabourin (UFA)
Do the Oil roll with Rolly? Is Jeff Double-D ready to bust out? Is Dany done?

Los Angeles: Ersberg, Quick, Bernier
Erik has excelled and Jonathan has been quick. Bernier is the other Jonny on the spot.

Minnesota: Backstrom, Harding (RFA)
Backs is back, but will Josh get hi-jacked?

Nashville: Rinne, Ellis
If all it took were talented young goalies, the Preds would be miles ahead.

Phoenix: Bryzgalov, Montoya
Ilya is it, but Al is a former number one pick who wants to do his shtick.

San Jose: Nabokov, Boucher (UFA)
Nabby’s number one, but is Brian ready to become one too? And where?

St. Louis: Mason, Bishop, Legace (UFA)
The ‘other’ Mason’s been massive, Ben is the back up. Does Manny pack it in or pack up?

Vancouver: Luongo, LaBarbera (UFA), Sanford (UFA), Schneider
Beyond Bobby Lu, what does the Van Clan do? Do their free agents find new homes?


Will the off-season be a goalie go-round?

Will a UFA netminder hit the jackpot, and which one(s)?

Will the league say goodbye to some of them who are past their sell-by date?

Will there be some new blood between the pipes?

Will a phenom 'come out of nowhere' (like Steve Mason and Pekka Rinne this year)?

For Sens fans, the question about the men who guard the goal seems to have been somewhat settled in terms of the top tender. Who wins out in the goalie triangle?

As always, Hockey GM members have much to say...so let’s hear it!



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2 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:45 pm

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I think what you've shown is that there is actually a glut of goalies that can win NHL games. It's the "money" goalies that you can barely count on the fingers of one hand.

3 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:01 pm

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Don't forget that some of the current 'money' goalies were once considered castoffs and spare parts, and some of the 'golden boys' lost their lustre...

So besides the obvious choices, who's a bona fide backstopper, who's trending down, who's ready to emerge as a Number One, and who changes jerseys by this time next year?

There are many question marks...and on the majority of NHL teams...

4 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:20 pm

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And can they dance like The Razor?

5 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:51 pm

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^ My Gosh. Did you know that Biron was pleading with Ray not to hit him in the face?

It was hilarious. Biron's lucky he's not dead. :****:

6 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:06 pm

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I've said this before but, I think Auld stays to start the season. They want to see if Leclaire is the real thing and if he can stay healthy. They will keep Elliott in Bingo to start the season. Sorry Elliott fans but thems the breaks. Based on how Ottawa has handled goaltending in the past I believe this is how it plays out.


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7 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:40 pm

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davetherave wrote:

And can they dance like The Razor?

love the part where peters comes in and the anouncers say peters better be careful

8 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:26 pm

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:I've said this before but, I think Auld stays to start the season. They want to see if Leclaire is the real thing and if he can stay healthy. They will keep Elliott in Bingo to start the season. Sorry Elliott fans but thems the breaks. Based on how Ottawa has handled goaltending in the past I believe this is how it plays out.

Cap, do you think that either Auld or Elliott will be offered as part of a package for Top 4 defensman and/or a Top 6 forward?

Bryan Murray has been very clear those are his number one priorities, and Clouston underlined that in their on-air open line with fans on Team 1200 yesterday.

Colorado's need in net is pretty obvious...as is Dallas'...any other likely trade partners?

9 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:39 pm

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:I've said this before but, I think Auld stays to start the season. They want to see if Leclaire is the real thing and if he can stay healthy. They will keep Elliott in Bingo to start the season. Sorry Elliott fans but thems the breaks. Based on how Ottawa has handled goaltending in the past I believe this is how it plays out.

that kinda seems a little harsh to elliot i mean its like thanks for coming up and doing an awesome job but you have to stay in the ahl

10 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:47 pm

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he (elliot) did play well - but his games pulled to games ratio has to be one of the highest. as murray put it - he has played like a rookie goalie.

11 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:49 pm

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Hockeyhero22000 wrote:
Cap'n Clutch wrote:I've said this before but, I think Auld stays to start the season. They want to see if Leclaire is the real thing and if he can stay healthy. They will keep Elliott in Bingo to start the season. Sorry Elliott fans but thems the breaks. Based on how Ottawa has handled goaltending in the past I believe this is how it plays out.

that kinda seems a little harsh to elliot i mean its like thanks for coming up and doing an awesome job but you have to stay in the ahl

IMHO the big question is whether they go with Auld as a backup or not...Elliott's played pretty well and I have to wonder if he would be happy as a #2...and especially wonder how happy he could be in Bingo after showing he can play in the NHL.

It's not just an ego thing. I mean, let's face it, don't you think Brian wants to make NHL money? AHL contracts just don't cut it long term...

12 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:51 pm

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Hayden wrote:he (elliot) did play well - but his games pulled to games ratio has to be one of the highest. as murray put it - he has played like a rookie goalie.

Hayden, you make a good point, but it's one thing for Murray to say this because it's in his best interest to manage Elliott's expectations...but isn't Elliott ready to make the jump to the big leagues?

13 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:17 am

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he definately is ready for the jump i am saying keep elliot as a backup i dont think he has much more he is going to learn down in bingo he needs to play in the big leagues and he may have a high pulled ratio right now but he is a rookie goalie he is expected to play like one and he deserves the chance to be inthe big leagues and putting him down in the ahl may not give him the confidence he needs to continue down his great career.

14 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:41 am

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Hayden wrote:he (elliot) did play well - but his games pulled to games ratio has to be one of the highest. as murray put it - he has played like a rookie goalie.

He has still performed wayy better than Shneider, POgge etc who are supposed to be the future of their franchises. Id rather have a slow but sure progression than a hot and cold (inconsistant) guy all season. That slow but sure progression is a backup role in a full season schedule IMO, not going back in the AHL after playing more than 15 games in the NHL.

15 Re: The Coming Goalie-Go-Round on Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:43 am

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i agree 100% with you marakh

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