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Who Doesn't Need a #1 Goaltender?


It is a pretty sure bet that the Colorado Avalanche will pursue a #1 netminder this summer. Speculating free agency and trade options has limitless possibilities. To get a logical idea of who the Avs might grab to put between the pipes for 2011-12, I took a different approach...

What are the 29 other teams in the league going to do. The Avs can go a few different directions this summer, are they going to make a pitch for a talented young goalie for the next 10 years? bring in a premium veteran aging netminder for 2-4 years until the prospects develop? bring in a back-up that could shine if given the #1 slot? I wanted to take an objective look at who else in the league might have the same needs, in net, as the Avs.

"What does it matter what everyone else is doing? We want ____________!", right?

Well...maybe not so easy.

The inspiration for this pondering came from about a dozen other posts from all you fine folks here at MHH. The debate on the Avs next #1 goaltender provides a lot of insight. Bryzgalov, Vokoun, Bernier, Schneider...the list goes on. The Vokoun possibility poses an interesting side note, would he even come to Colorado? Vakoun has made suggestions that he would like to stay in Florida, but would go to a contender. While the Avs definitely have near future potential, I don't think the word "contender" is a very accurate description of the Avs current status. And then there is Bryzgalov. Musings are that Bryz would not make the move to Winnipeg should the Coyotes relocate. Well if he has reservations on where he is willing to go, would he come to Denver? That's when the gears started turning. If these two proven #1 starters were looking to move, who would take/need/afford them besides the Avs?

Other options for the Burgundy and Blue would be young backups that are ready for #1 duties like Bernier in L.A. or Schneider in Vancouver. Again, thanks to the speculations of my fellow MHHer's, I began thinking of their current teams situations, and wondered how the Avs could fit in to their future plans. The Kings have a perfect situation with Quick and Bernier. If Quick flounders in the play-offs this year, Bernier will be ready for #1 duties when called. L.A. has cap space, and prospects in the wings. Bernier knows he will get his chance in the coming years so I don't see anything outside of a big offering altering the tandem in SoCal. The nucks and Schneider are a different scenario. Although Schneider has another year under contract, he knows he will always be a back-up in Vancouver especially if the nucks win the cup this year. A lot of factors would be involved with Schneider being moved this summer as the nucks have a couple key signings to make and marginal cap space to fill roster spots. Would they trade to a division rival? Maybe if the deal was right, but again I look to other teams in the NHL that need a #1 goalie, and can offer the Canucks something they need at an affordable price.

So! I began researching all 30 teams. What they have now and in the future, what the talk on the street is, statistical breakdowns, GM preferences and historical trades, scouting reports, yadda yadda yadda...yes I'm a nerd and have too much time. Just thought it would spark some thoughts on where the Avs might be going in the coming months. We know we will see a new number between the pipes come October, hopefully this provides a little amusement for some of you out there. To avoid three long posts containing all the research data, I broke my nerd-a-rific thesis down to:

  • Each of the 30 NHL teams
  • Are they looking for a #1 goalie this summer
  • Some simple notes on my findings

Please understand, in NO WAY am I assuming to be providing a professional technical analysis, I just thought it would be fun to put out some info and let others make determinations based on my findings. The play-offs will change some things, but I think only a couple of teams out there will be in the market for a #1 goaltender this summer, which bodes well for the Avs. So...here's my list, have fun.

TEAM

LOOKING FOR  #1 GT?

NOTES

Ducks

NO

Hiller's injuries and play-off performance may factor in.

Thrashers

NO

Pavelec is growing and Mason is there for clean-up.

Bruins

NO

Thomas/Rask/Khudobin. The B's are just fine...thanks!

Sabres

NO

Miller and Enroth are a big reason Buffalo is in post season.

Flames

NO

Kipper still has a few years left in the tank.

Hurricanes

NO

Ward is young and solid.

Blackhawks

MAYBE

Crawford's play-off performance a factor. Turco may shine.

Avalanche

YES

Two back-ups and plenty of cap space.

Blue Jackets

NO

Mason will start season unless something falls from the sky.

Stars

NO

Lehtonen will do until Campbell is ready.

Red Wings

NO

Howard is #1 (well...actually#35) in Hockeytown.

Oilers

MAYBE

Khabibulin has a couple years on contract. Dubnyk developing.

Panthers

NO

If Vokoun leaves, Clemmenson or Markstrom will get #1.

Kings

NO

Quick-Bernier-Zatkoff-Jones...

Wild

NO

Log-jam. Backstrom-Harding-Theodore. Hackett in the wings.

Canadiens

NO

The Price is right.

Predators

NO

Rinne is having a Vezina year.

Devils

YES

Brodeur looks to be done. Hedberg will be a back-up to ?

Islanders

MAYBE

47 goalies in a soap opera. Don't even know where to begin.

Rangers

NO

Lundqvist will start season. Plenty of developing talent for NY

Senators

NO

Anderson got the deal. The coach got the boot.

Flyers

NO?

Bobrovsky, Philly is very fickle with goalies, plenty of prospects.

Coyotes/Jets

MAYBE

Teams future in doubt, Bryz might decide the Peg is not so bad.

Penguins

NO

Fleury is franchise and Johnson can throw an awesome left.

Sharks

NO

Niemi has worked out well for SJ.

Blues

NO

Halak will start the season. STL has some talented prospects.

Lightning

MAYBE

Roloson's age, Smith is a ?. Good prospects, but not  #1 ready.

Maple Leafs

NO?

GM says he thinks Reimer is ready, but Burke can do anything.

Canucks

NO

Luongo under contract until 2064 for $36 bil/year...or something.

Capitals

NO

Neuvirth looks to be #1, Holtby progressing, Varly odd man out?

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