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Leafs, Blue Jackets lead teams with goalie concerns

Jul 2, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

James Reimer

Now that Martin Brodeur (and Johan Hedberg) have re-signed in New Jersey, let’s take a look at the remaining unrestricted free agent goalies.

Based on games started in 2011-12, from most to least, they go like this: Dwayne Roloson, Al Montoya, Brent Johnson, Ty Conklin, Andrew Raycroft, Alex Auld, Dan Ellis, and you get the point – there’s nobody that’s going to significantly improve a team at the position.

Now let’s consider the teams that have question marks in net:

Toronto – Leafs GM Brian Burke has said he’s willing to go into the season with the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, but you can bet he’s not happy about it. Miss the playoffs again and Burke could be looking for work, not a goalie. All of which is why we’ll keep monitoring the Roberto Luongo situation in Vancouver. At the moment, Florida is believed to be the most likely to land the Canucks’ goalie.

Columbus –Scott Howson went out and got Sergei Brobovsky from the Flyers, but can the embattled Blue Jackets GM trust a 23-year-old that’s coming off a bad season when his only other options are Steve Mason and Allen York? At least Howson has lowered expectations on his side.

Chicago – The Blackhawks were reportedly interested in Brodeur when he was exploring free agency, and for good reason – Corey Crawford struggled badly in 2011-12 and the backup, Ray Emery, didn’t do any better. GM Stan Bowman can’t let goaltending drag his Stanley Cup contender down again.

Tampa Bay – Anders Lindback may be the Lightning’s goalie of the future, but GM Steve Yzerman would be asking a lot of the 24-year-old with 28 NHL starts under his belt to take over the top spot right away. Mathieu Garon is under contract for another season, but he’s bounced around the league for a reason.

  1. blomfeld - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM


    – 2012 Roberto Luongo “Sport” Edition XL
    – low miles !
    – requires “some” maintenance !
    – clean interior with clean floor mats !
    – good engine which “usually” runs like new !

    asking price only $54,000,000.00 ! … will consider trade-ins !

    Call now 1-800-GO-GILLIS ! :)

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    DONT FORGET HUET!!!! ; )

  3. tkovacs2 - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Man, that picture perfectly sums up the Leafs goaltending situation. Well done!

  4. bensawesomeness - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Joey Macdonald and Ty Conklin are both UFAs i think, and both had brillaint periods last year in Detroit as backups, both a little older, probably couldnt hurt as a year or two holding spot while a team rebuilds

  5. creasemasta41 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    The way things are going for the hawks they might as well give huet a call, I cant imagine him being a downgrade from either crawford or emery.

  6. kingfooj - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    why not just say f’ it and get both headache contracts out of the way…..nash for luongo

    • ikillchicken - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Because even without Luongo the Canucks can’t afford Nash’s contract. And besides, Columbus is counting on Nash to bring in a bunch of prospects they can rebuild around. One aging goaltender (even a very good one) isn’t going to cut it.

  7. blueblood86 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    How about Jonathan Burier how come is name is never mentioned.
    I bet the Kings could get good chips and a pick for him.

    • bugcatcherbob - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Hahaha I created an account just to comment on that, your post makes me laugh
      I hope they get at least barbeque chips for Jonathan Burier.

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