Capped: Assessing the Goaltending Market

Alexander MacLean

2019-05-16

 

A little over a year ago I put together some contract predictions for the bigger names up for new contracts. Here we are going to look at a similar set. It appears that there are six main goalies heading for new contracts this summer, and by my count, six spots in which they would fit best. That being said, Florida is not one of the locations, and with that being the most talked about landing spot for Sergei Bobrovsky, something else would have to shake loose to fill that hole.

The six teams who should have a goalie high on their offseason priority list includes:

 

Calgary – Mike Smith wasn’t able to do his team any favours in the playoffs. Look for Calgary to replace him in tandem with David Rittich next season.

 

Carolina – Petr Mrazek played himself into a big payday, possibly elsewhere. The Hurricanes may look to the market to fill the void.

 

Chicago – Cam Ward will likely be cut loose, and Corey Crawford’s concussion woes are troubling. A platoon starter is necessary.

 

Columbus – With Bobrovsky set to test the market, either Joonas Korpisalo will step up, or a starter will come from outside the organization.

 

Edmonton – New GM Ken Holland stated he would be looking for a second goalie.

 

New York (Islanders) – With the Isles set to see Lehner test free-agency they will look to re-sign or replace him in a tandem with Tomas Greiss.

 

Now let’s take a look through the starters.

 

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Sergei Bobrovsky

Best fits: Calgary, Columbus, Florida (apparently)

Expiring Cap Hit: $7,425,000

Prediction Cap Hit: $10,000,000 – Seven years

We are not sure whether Bobrovsky is looking for a contending team with which to win the Cup, or if he is more interested in which city he ends up living in. Either way, he is the best goalie on the market, and will get paid. Carey Price’s $10.5 million cap hit serves as a solid benchmark, especially considering inflation and the open market prices. Bobrovsky should be worth the money, especially in the early years. Cap league owners can rest easy knowing their number one goaltender won’t immediately become useless to them.

As for the NHL team rostering Bobrovsky in the fall, they will be very happy having a work-horse starter. If this does end up being in Florida, that crease becomes extremely crowded. In an ideal world, that is where Bob lands, with James Reimer whisked away in a trade, and