|Player||Tm||Record||2006-07 cap hit||2007-08 est. price|
|1||Ana||36-10-8||$3.990||$5.5 - 7||starter|
|2||Hasek||Det||38-11-6||$1.850||$3.5 - 4.5||starter|
|3||Belfour||Fla||27-17-10||$2.480||$1.7 - 2.2||starter|
|4||Garon||LA||13-10-6||$1.216||$1.7 - 2||split|
|5||Joseph||Phx||18-31-2||$2.900||$1.5 - 2.5||split|
|6||Aebischer||Mon||13-12-3||$1.900||$1.2 - 1.6||backup|
|7||Thibault||Pit||7-8-2||$1.500||$0.8 - 1.2||backup|
|8||Weekes||NYR||4-6-2||$1.950||$0.8 - 1||backup|
|9||Esche||Phi||5-9-1||$1.000||$0.7 - 1.1||backup|
|10||Markkanen||Edm||5-9-1||$0.850||$0.6 - 0.8||backup|
|11||Boucher||Cmb||2-12-3||$0.475||$0.5 - 0.8||backup|
|12||McLennan||Cal||3-5-1||$0.625||$0.5 - 0.7||backup|
|13||MacDonald||Bos||3-7-2||$0.500||$0.5 - 0.6||backup|
|14||Aubin||Tor||3-5-2||$0.525||$0.5 - 0.6||backup|
I suppose the most important thing to consider when eyeing this list is, who needs a goalie?
In terms of starters, Boston, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Toronto could all potentially be in the market. (Not surprisingly, only one of those teams made the postseason last year.)
There are a great deal more teams searching for backups, including some teams like Vancouver where the second netminder will have to pick up janitorial duties on the side to earn his minimum salary.
The bidding for the top-end netminders, whichever ones happen to be available, should work in their favour, although if Giguere and Hasek re-sign with their clubs (as expected), many of the above teams will turn to a trade rather than take a chance on a UFA.
Potential good buys from the lot include Mathieu Garon, who was decent during an injury-plagued campaign in 2006-07, and perhaps Curtis Joseph as a backup in a time-splitting situation. Cujo's return to Toronto, his hometown, has been oft-rumoured this off-season, and would make some sense given he could potentially take the reins from Andrew Raycroft if the youngster faltered.
If Giguere re-signs in Anaheim, suddenly Ilya Bryzgalov looks to be on the move, as does one of the netminders in San Jose. Minnesota would also like to deal Manny Fernandez, meaning we've got three potential No. 1s in play via a trade and zero on the UFA market.
The most important position in hockey isn't going to be an easy one to fill this summer.
Labels: free agency