Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2014 NHL Free Agent Goaltenders - Top 5

The Top 5 NHL Goaltenders Set for Free Agency in July, 2014

1.  Henrik Lundqvist  

UPDATE:  Lundqvist agreed to a seven-year deal with the New York Rangers, beginning with the 2014-15 campaign, at a total value of $59.5 million. 

All indications have been that the New York Rangers want to re-sign Henrik Lundqvist prior to free agency. It also seems as if Lundqvist wants to remain the goaltender for the Blueshirts.  Yet, no deal has been made to date, extending "King Henrik" past July, 2014 with New York.  Lundqvist has made it clear that he will not accept contract negotiations becoming a distraction during the 2013-14 NHL season.  

2.  Ryan Miller

There has been much speculation that the Buffalo Sabres were considering a trade of their star netminder.  

Actually, it's probably a bit more than speculation, since Buffalo's GM, Darcy Regier has stated that discussions he has had with other General Managers involve taking money in any trade of Miller or his teammate Thomas Vanek.  At this point, if the Sabres don't play well in the first half of the 2013-14 season, there is a considerable chance that Miller will be traded prior to the March 5, 2014 NHL trade deadline.  If that does not happen, obviously, how the Sabres play in 2013-14 as a team, will affect how both Miller and the Buffalo organization approach any potential re-signing.

3. Martin Brodeur

If Brodeur plays in the NHL for the 2014-15 season, it will be with the New Jersey Devils.  How the net-sharing duties work out this season between Marty and Cory Schneider, acquired in the draft-day trade with the Vancouver Canucks, will go a long way in determining whether Brodeur returns.  In the end though, Brodeur is, as considered by many, the best goaltender to ever play the game.  He'll retire as a New Jersey Devil when he feels that he can no longer contribute at the highest level.   

4. Jonas Hiller

Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks Swiss-born netminder, has shared his goaltending duties with Viktor Fasth recently.  That said, Hiller is still considered a "number one" goalie.  All seven playoff games in 2012-13 for the Ducks were 'tended by Hiller, and he put up a very respectable .917 save percentage and 2.46 GAA.  If Fasth plays as well as he did last season however, the Ducks may elect to let Hiller go the free agent route while looking to re-sign Fasth, whose contract comes due one year later.  

5.  Jaroslav Halak

Halak ceded some net time to Brian Elliott with the St. Louis Blues in 2013, due to an injury.  Still, Halak should get the nod as the primary netminder in St. Louis, unless his plays slips to the point that the Blues' management chooses to insert Elliott on a more regular basis.  Both Halak and Elliott will be unrestricted free agents in 2014.  Halak's cap hit for 2013-14 is $3.75 million according to, while Elliott has come with an annual price tag of $1.8 million. The Blues also have young Jake Allen who will be competing for a spot on the roster this season.  

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