Avalanche Free Agency Game Plan: Goalies



The free agent feeding frenzy begins on July 1st. All this summer, we've been building up to see who the Avalanche might be pursuing. We'll be breaking this up into 3 sections (goalies, defense and forwards) and this one will be, by far, the simplest. The Avalanche already have Craig Anderson and Peter Budaj locked up for next year, so don't expect anything else to happen here...at least on an NHL level.

However, other than Anderson and Budaj, the only goalie the Avalanche have under contract for next year is Trevor Cann, who had a 3.58 GAA in 13 AHL games last year. 2009-2010 Monsters John Grahame and Tyler Weiman are unrestricted free agents, and there are rumors that Weiman may end up going to Sweden. And Billy Sauer? Honestly, I have no idea what his contract status is, but I'm not sure it's all that relevant. Peter Delmas will re-enter the draft after the Avalanche passed on signing him by the June 1st deadline. BU's Kieran Millan was drafted last summer, but it looks like he'll be with the Terriers again this fall.

So figure on the Avalanche to make a depth move in free agency. Taking a look at this list of UFAs from CapGeek.com, I think we'd be talking about someone in the Wade Dubielewicz, Curtis Sanford or Barry Brust mold - a guy who could be solid in the AHL and could be a capable back-up in case of an injury to Anderson or Budaj at the NHL-level.

 

NAME POS AGE TEAM CAP HIT GS MIN W-L-O GAA SPCT SO
Nabokov, Evgeni G 34 SAN $5,375,000 71 4,194 44-16-10 2.43 0.915 3
Mason, Chris G 34 STL $3,000,000 61 3,512 30-22-8 2.53 0.905 2
Turco, Marty G 34 DAL $5,700,000 52 3,087 22-20-11 2.72 0.904 4
Niittymaki, Antero G 29 TBL $600,000 46 2,657 21-18-5 2.87 0.899 1
Hedberg, Johan G 37 ATL $1,087,500 42 2,631 21-16-6 2.62 0.907 3
Theodore, Jose G 33 WAS $4,500,000 43 2,585 30-7-7 2.81 0.902 1
Leighton, Michael G 29 PHI $600,000 31 1,799 17-9-2 2.83 0.896 1
Ellis, Dan G 29 NAS $1,750,000 28 1,714 15-13-1 2.70 0.900 1
Emery, Ray G 27 PHI $1,500,000 29 1,683 16-11-1 2.64 0.896 3
Biron, Martin G 32 NYI $1,400,000 26 1,634 9-14-4 3.27 0.884 1
Toskala, Vesa G 33 CGY $4,000,000 26 1,604 9-12-3 3.48 0.863 1
Legace, Manny G 37 CAR $500,000 24 1,472 10-7-5 2.81 0.898 1
Auld, Alex G 29 NYR $1,000,000 20 1,298 9-7-3 2.96 0.883 0
Raycroft, Andrew G 30 VAN $500,000 14 967 9-5-1 2.42 0.902 1
Lalime, Patrick G 35 BUF $1,000,000 13 853 4-8-2 2.81 0.898 0
Danis, Yann G 28 NJD $500,000 6 467 3-2-1 2.06 0.916 0
MacDonald, Joey G 30 ANA $650,000 5 318 1-4-0 3.21 0.879 0
Valiquette, Steve G 32 NYR $725,000 5 304 2-3-0 3.75 0.826 1
Dubielewicz, Wade G 31 MIN $600,000 1 100 1-1-0 3.00 0.828 0
Climie, Matt G 27 DAL $525,000 1 60 0-1-0 5.00 0.849 0
Backlund, Johan G 28 PHI $800,000 1 40 0-1-0 3.00 0.909 0
Zaba, Matt G 26 NYR $574,500 0 33 0-0-0 3.64 0.857 0
Sanford, Curtis G 30 MTL $600,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Doyle, Frank G 29 SAN $500,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Brust, Barry G 26 MIN $550,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Caron, Sebastien G 29 PHI $500,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Munroe, Scott G 28 NYI $500,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Montoya, Al G 25 PHO $725,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Weiman, Tyler G 26 COL $500,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Wiikman, Miika G 25 PHO $542,500 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Grahame, John G 34 COL $500,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Beckford-Tseu, Chris G 25 FLA $575,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Tordjman, Josh G 25 PHO $522,500 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Sabourin, Dany G 29 BOS $600,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Chiodo, Andy G 27 OTT $500,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
Krahn, Brent G 28 DAL $550,000 0 0 0-0-0 0.00 0.000 0
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