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2010 free agent goalie pool looks shallow

Dan Ellis

Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis blocks a shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


There are some big name goalies whose contracts are expiring this season. Some are unrestricted free agents, such as Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov. Others are considered restricted, including Jaroslav Halak and Antti Niemi. Yet Behind the Net reasons that the offseason free agent market is “pretty ugly” and states that teams might be better off going after Tomas Vokoun, a goalie who’s a stat bloggers’ darling and only has one year left on his contract. According to the post, here’s the top 10 free agent goalies based on evening strength save percentage.

  1. Yann Danis
  2. Dan Ellis
  3. Ray Emery
  4. Nabokov
  5. Chris Mason
  6. Turco
  7. Manny Legace
  8. Martin Biron
  9. Peter Budaj
  10. Alex Auld

That certainly isn’t a “who’s who” of goalies, although Ellis and Emery have had their moments while Turco and Nabokov have name recognition.

How about this opinion from that post?

From Montreal’s perspective, there’s no question in my mind that Price is a better investment than Halak going forward - Halak being more overvalued - but the odds of Montreal moving Halak are about 1-in-a-million.

It’s an interesting point, though. Will Halak end up being just a flash in the pan? After all, he wouldn’t be the first “contract year” goalie ...