Frozen Tool Forensics: Riding the Goalie Carousel Part 2

Chris Kane


This week we are finishing out the journey around the league's goaltenders. For a full list of all of the offseason moves and their fantasy impacts take a look here.

As a brief reminder of the process, here are some of the pertinent details from last week's article. We will be using the 2021-22 season Big Board Goalie report. This report is extra helpful for a bunch of reasons. For one it includes a lot of goalie metrics that we can use to compare goalies (including their salary), and over the summer it has been updated to include the new teams for goalies that have moved.

For the tables below I exported the Big Board Report and pulled forward the data that seemed most relevant in trying to figure out how the goalies for each team rank.

A quick note on goalie salary – because it is data for the 2021-22 season it is listing the salary for last season, not what free agent or extended goalies will be making in 2022-23. In most cases I will note the new salary below if needed. It is relevant because salary can be a useful clue when considering how a team will deploy their goalies. Team default usually is to defer to the higher paid guy even if the lower-paid goalie steals the net for a time. This could be either because big money goes to goalies who have been good, so it isn't entirely surprising for them to be better than the other person in the crease over the long term, or because organizations don't want to pay big money to a goalie sitting on the bench so are more likely to keep returning to them and giving them more chances.

One other thing to note about these depth charts. Some of them have quite a few goalies listed, and usually that is because there is some question about which depth goalie is poised to take the backup gig, or because one (or more) of the goalies at the top of the chart is prone to injury, or losing the gig.

And now on to the goalies.

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