As we're getting ready for what should be a very exciting and eventful offseason, this season should see a lot of goalie movement. I will list off all the Goalies of importance (aka not backups) who i think will be moved, or sign somewhere else
Buffalo: Miller (trade)
Calgary: Kipper (retire)
Chicago: Emery (UFA)
LAK: Bernier (RFA)
Minny: Backstrom (UFA)
NYI: Nabakov (UFA)
Philly: Bryz (Buyout)
Phx: Smith (UFA)
Van: Luongo (Buyout)
these are the headliners for available goalies this offseason. Jonathan Bernier can be a starter in this league, and he is all but gone with Quick locked up long term. No reason for him to stay in the LA organization anymore. And his trade value is as high as it will ever be
Kipper will retire as he's already stated. He's only slated to make 1.5M next year, and i wouldnt want to play whipping boy at that age when i've already collected my millions either.
Buffalo doesnt have much of a market for Miller. It will come down to 5 teams, but really IMO only 3 he will really go to, other 2 i'd be surprised. 1. Edmonton, 2. Minny, 3. NYI 4. Phoenix 5. San Jose. Youll see why Calgary isnt on that list later on
Edmonton and Minny are doubtful. Minny is already cap strapped, and have young players they need to resign. They are paying Suter and Parise millions. He also doesnt really fit in Edmonton either. Edmonton will have to resign some of their core in 1-2 years, and Miller will want a LTC. Doesnt make much sense. Plus im a Duby believer. Kid has talent.
NYI is the most likely destination for me. Everything fits perfectly. No future at goalie for them, they have tons of cap space, and lots of good prospects and their 1st round pick this year. Everything fits the criteria. However Miller has a list of 5 teams he can say "(frank) you" to and not accept a trade there. NYI may very well be on that list. Buffalo would surely ask for Nino+ 15th overall to start it off, and that might be all they get. This is the most likely destination for me
Phoenix fits the criteria as well. Tons of cap, tons of good prsopects, no #1 if SMith leaves. I'd think Buffalo asks for Rundblad+13th for sure.
San Jose: Yes i know. doesnt make much sense to some i bet. Niemi up for Vezina, best year of his career. Simnply put he hasnt got the job done in San Jose. YES it is hardly his fault at all, but Miller could put that team into a deep playoff run. He's been more consistant than Niemi has over the course of his career. Niemi+20th for Miller+ mid prospect is what i think
So say Miller ends up going to NYI. Ok so thats one down. Here's where i have the remaining goalies going:
Bernier to Calgary. Makes all the sense in the world. Calgary has 3 picks. They trade St Louis pick (22nd overall) and maybe like a 3rd or 4th for Bernier. Good deal for both sides. Calgary gets the best non starter in the league and future goalie. Can sign him long term, Bernier gets what he wants. Thats why i dont have Miller going there.
2 down 6 to go. And only Buffalo, Edmonton, Florida, Minny, Philly, Phoenix needing these 6 goalies...
Lets start with Looooouuuu. Everyone in the NHL world knows he's gone. Lets see what place makes the most sense. Florida does make a lot of sense, but they do have Jacob Markstrom... would Lou really be ok splitting AGAIN? Philly? Or will the media crush him like the Philly media does to every god forskaen goalie we (frank)ing sign?
In the end I think he ends up in Florida... Markstrom will be the next Bernier, sign for 2 years then leave in 2 years to another team.
5 to go. Now going to match the remaining 5 goalies with the teams i THINK will go to
Buffalo: Nabby: Signs cheap, splits time with Enroth. 1 year deal.
Edmonton: Emery: Good guy to have behind Duby, and will push Duby to be better. Perfect fit. 2-3 year deal
Minny: Smith: Same system, better team. Smith is a good fit.
Philly: Backstrom: Good fit for Philly. 2 year deal, good goalie, can stay till Mason is ready IF he's ready
Phoenix: Bryz. Goes back to his old team with no pressure. Seeya Bryz.
SO here are the new additions for all the teams next season!
Philly: Backstrom/S. Mason
My top 30 mock draft of this years draft with draft picks changing will be coming up next tomorrow!