Four Goalies to Approach Differently Ahead of the Trade Deadline

Alexander MacLean

2018-02-22

 

This week's Capped covers some thoughts on goalies for the trade deadline.

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Trade deadline day is just around the corner. NHL GMs are going to be making tons of bad salary and player decisions, and we’re here to minimize the amount of bad choices that you make! Today we go through some goalie thoughts to help you on your way for this year’s deadline day.

If you’re not looking for goaltending, then check out the articles from the last two weeks to cover the skaters:

Forwards – Here.

Defence – Here.

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The Bargain

Annti Raanta (G) – Arizona Coyotes

Cap Hit: $1,000,000 – UFA as of July 1st, 2018

New Projected Cap Hit: $3,750,000*

 

Raanta is by far the least expensive starter in the league, but by the stats, it doesn’t show. On the season, the 28-year-old Coyote has a GAA of 2.45, and a Sv% of 0.924. Those are both better than league average, and he has been even better of late, posting a 2.02 GAA and 0.940 Sv% over the last 30 days. He is still underappreciated because he is on one of the worst teams in the NHL, so the win numbers aren’t as gaudy as some would like. What this means, is that in leagues where any stats past wins and shutouts are counted, Raanta has some great value, especially at his cap hit.

Next year’s contract shouldn’t break the bank either, and Arizona has to leave the basement eventually (right?). Lots to like from the desert netminder, and there isn’t a less pricy option available. He should be worth ponying up for in a trade to shore up your goaltending for the stretch run. Arizona also has a fairly dense schedule over the next number of weeks, meaning even more volume to look forward to.

The Wednesday night trade seeing the Coyotes acquire (and immediately give an extension to) Darcy Kuemper, means head coach Rick Tocchet has a better backup to sprinkle in for more starts. Raanta is still the de-facto starter, but may see 70% of the available starts the rest of the way as opposed to the 85% he was likely going to get ahead of Wedgewood. This also lessens Raanta’s bargaining power this summer, and may knock 500K off of his next contract with the Coyotes, if he does re-sign in the desert.

 

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The Expensive One

Marc-Andre Fleury (G) – Vegas Golden Knights

Cap Hit: $5,750,000 – UFA as of July 1st, 2019

 

It still feels weird not to be typing out the Penguins as Marc-Andre Fleury’s current t