Following the goaltending performances (or lack thereof) from Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek in 2021-22, namely in the postseason, it seemed likely they would shake up their goaltending. They did exactly that, as they traded Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils. This is how it broke down:
Let's get to it.
What New Jersey Gets
To put it simply: Washington just traded their best goalie. Over the past three seasons for Samsonov, and two for Vanecek, the goalie that was traded has a better overall save percentage, high-danger save percentage, and Goals Saved Above Expected (GSAx). There was no reliable measure by which Samsonov out-performed Vanecek. Both are restricted free agents, so there was a choice to be made here. We'll see if it's the right one, but it doesn't look like it so far.
New Jersey had to shore up their goaltending. Injuries buried this team in 2021-22 as MacKenzie Blackwood and