Cam said it well in yesterday's Ramblings, as a white male I don't have the experience to be able to sympathize with the racial injustices in the United States. However, that doesn't mean I can't be an ally, and empathize with those who are being persecuted and living in fear. Take a minute before getting to the rest of the article, and join me in doing our part to make things better. Here is a link to what you can do to help right from your couch.
It is hard to discuss something so trivial after that, but I know that sports are an escape for some, and so we will continue on with the hockey related discussions from here.
Building off of coverage from the previous two weeks of productive and cheap skaters to look into for next season, this week we're going to look at the backbone of any team, the position of voodoo – goaltenders. Last season there were five goalies to hit 20 wins on a cap hit either at or under our $1-million threshold. All five of these goalies also had solid ratios. The season before, there were three goalies to hit those benchmarks, while no one managed it the year before that (2017-2018). In 2016-2017 we had an influx of future stud goalies, including Matt Murray, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Connor Hellebuyck, who all hit the mark. This year, it looks like we may have another wave of future stars upon us before there is a lull in the cheap and successful young goalies. Between Ilya Samsonov, Igor Shestyorkin, and Carter Hart, it appears that the future of goaltending is in good hands. However, with the stars already established, that makes it tough to mine for value in the cheap options.
Moving into next year, we expect the goalies I mentioned above to take over as dominant starters (if they haven't already), while the goalies such as Pavel Françouz, Tristan Jarry, and MacKenzie Blackwood are re-signed to new and more expensive contracts. To be able to hit 20 wins next season, goalies will likely need at least 30 starts, so in lo