2020-21 Market for NHL Goalies Will be Wide Open

NHL goalies 2020-21 market

It may be difficult to comprehend, yet the market for NHL goalies in 2020-21 may be similar to an expensive flea market. There could be up to 32 goalies possibly being moved. Now, some are rumours, to be honest. Yet, teams are strapped financially due to the pandemic.  The salary cap is being held at $81.5 million for the time being.

2020-21 NHL Goalies Market

When we researched this it was honestly quite surprising how many NHL goalies have expiring contracts (21), with 11 others being rumours. Some rumours could come to fruition, or just be chatter in the end. This season’s end will see many NHL teams jockeying for goalies at a reasonable price. Teams don’t want to be spending $8-$11 million on two goalies. The two clubs with an excess of $10 million paid to their goalies include the Montreal Canadiens ($14.85M), and the Florida Panthers ($10.85M). Of course, that is due to two really large contracts to the Canadiens’ Carey Price ($10.5M) and Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky ($10M). Leaving very little wiggle room when a team may need a blueliner or a forward to supplement their roster.

Which Goalies Could be on the Move

Here’s Some to Think About

  • Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford ($6M) is a UFA and will be 36-years-old at the end of December. Which is about the predicted start time of the 2020-21 season. Will he stay or will he go?
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Malcolm Subban ($850,000) is an RFA and it’s more of what the Pens are going through with both goalies possibly going elsewhere. Nah, Crawford will be back, right?
  • Nashville PredatorsPekka Rinne ($5M) is under contract through the 2020-21 season but is another older netminder starting to show his age. Preds need to decide who their starter is next season.
  • Washington CapitalsBraden Holtby ($6.1M) is a UFA and will likely be heading elsewhere. His salary is a bit too much for the talent-rich Capitals. Ilya Samsonov looks to take over between the posts next season.
  • New York IslandersThomas Greiss ($3.3M) is a UFA and at 34-years-old his value as a steady backup may find him a new home. The question is where he may go. Don’t you love the drama?
  • Edmonton OilersMike Smith ($2M) is another UFA ageing goalie who has lost some of his edge. The Oilers are also VERY interested in the services of Kuemper.
  • Minnesota Wild:  Devan Dubnyk ($4.33M) is in a deal through next season at a pretty steep price considering his deflating stats. His .890 save percentage and 3.35 goals-against-average will not make it easy to move him. Still, I’d be checking into a moving company, Devan.
  • San  Jose SharksAaron Dell ($1.9M) is a UFA and could be gone. His last two seasons have not been kind to him after the previous two years were pretty decent.

Wait, There’s More…

  • Vancouver Canucks: Jacob Markstrom ($3.67M) is another UFA looking to cash in on his performance of late. He could get his wish of at least $5-$6M per season. Even with Thatcher Demko‘s excellent showing in the playoffs while Markstrom was injured.
  • Vancouver Canucks: Louis Domingue ($1.15M) has been around and is a UFA after this season. He’s been on four teams in his six-year NHL career. He won’t be re-signed is Markstrom is back, so anybody need a backup goalie?
  • New York RangersAlexandar Georgiev ($792,500) is an RFA and looks to grab a spot between the pipes as he and/or Igor Shesterkin look to be the future in the net. Sorry, Henrik Lundqvist, you may get bought out. As they say, the NHL is a business.
  • New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist($8.5M) has a contract through next season, but at that price and with the youth that is performing well in net, it may be prudent to buy out Henrik’s contract.
  • Boston BruinsTuukka Rask ($7M) has a deal through next season, but fell from grace as he saw fit to leave the bubble during the playoffs. Whether that means he could be dealt is a matter of believing rumours. Take it for what it’s worth.
  • Dallas StarsAnton Khudobin ($2.5M) is a UFA and has performed off the charts in the playoffs. This opportunity comes as Ben Bishop is recovering from an injury. He seems to be the more financially attractive netminder on the Stars.
  • Dallas Stars: Ben Bishop ($4.92M) has a deal through the 2022-23 season, so if the team wants to unload him they could save some cap space to use going forward. Khudobin has been remarkable in the postseason coming up huge.

We’re Almost There

  • Winnipeg JetsLaurent Brossoit ($1.23M) is a UFA and has been an average backup to Connor Hellebuyck with a .890 save percentage and a 3.35 goals-against-average. He could stay or could go… decisions, decisions.
  • Calgary FlamesCam Talbot ($2.75M) is a UFA and at 33-years-old he may be slowing down. Yet, in the postseason he showed up big with a 2.42 goals-against-average and a stellar .924 save percentage. That is a difficult call for the Flames.
  • Los Angeles KingsJonathan Quick ( $5.8M) is another goalie who has been rumoured to be on the move. However, he’s still in La-la land. Quick’s deal is good through 2022-23. While newcomer Calvin Petersen may be the future, are Quick’s days quickly disappearing?
  • Colorado Avalanche: Michael Hutchinson ($700,000) was an emergency fill-in when the Av’s were having endless injuries pop up with their goalies. He’s surely expendable so he may seek other employment.
  • New Jersey DevilsMackenzie Blackwood ( $697,500) was instrumental in the net this past season. He collected reasonably good stats on such a horrible team. He was in 47 games with a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage. Not bad for a team that finished with just 68 points.
  • Buffalo SabresLinus Ullmark ($1.33M) is an RFA who performed well with a bad Sabres team. He had a 2.69 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage. With Carter Hutton ageing and turning 35-years-old at the end of the calendar year, Ullmark has to be considered to stay put.
  • Detroit Red WingsJimmy Howard ($4M) has already stated that he intends to test free agency as he is a UFA. He feels he can still play, so we’ll see. At 36-years-old, that’s debatable.

Last But Not Least

Look For Fast And Furious Activity

Many of these goaltenders may be on the move, so keep a close watch here to see what happens. As always we will keep you informed as to which goalies are moved and where they go. It may be the most activity in a while as far as goaltenders go. This ought to be intriguing, to say the least.

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