Frozen Tool Forensics: The Backup Boon

Chris Kane


My fantasy teams this season have had a particular need in net as of late. Because of that I have been paying a bit closer attention to goalies and trying to grab some replacements when there have been injuries etc. I looked at my teams this week and I realized that every single one of my goalies is either hurt or a backup taking over the starter's job. So I started ticking off teams in my head – and they all had injured goalies.

So I wanted to take a quick survey of the current state of the league's netminders. The below list will include only those who are currently injured, though I will certainly note several other situations to keep an eye on.

For process, we will be using the depth chart over on Frozen Tools to review the team's options in net and then using the player profile to give an update on their stats.

(Note: stats are up to and including Wednesday’s games)


Season Starter: John Gibson

Current Netminder: Ryan Miller, Anthony Stolarz

Gibson is currently listed as day-to-day on Yahoo and has been out since Sunday. Prior to that, he missed six games with a lower-body injury. Currently, there is not an update on his timeline. Gibson was struggling enough in Anaheim that it was likely a relief for managers to be able to put in in the IR.

In his absence, Miller has gotten seven of eight starts. He has lost six of them with a save percentage of .877 and three quality starts. If Gibson wasn't worth owning, Miller has been even worse so don't look to Anaheim right now if you need help in net.

Recently acquired Stolarz has gotten into two games, one a start and one in relief. His start went well with a win and only two goals against, but we are going to need a bigger sample size to get interested in him.


Season Starter: Darcy Kuemper

Current Netminder: Adin Hill

Kuemper hasn't played since March 8 and is still looking like he will be out long term. In his absence, Antti Raanta came in and played a few games, got hurt, came back, and then got hurt again and is now looking to be out long term as well. That leaves us with Adin Hill.

Hill saw time in seven of the last ten Arizona games (because of the brief return of Raanta). Over that span, he had put up a save percentage of