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List of UFA goalies a long, interesting one

Apr 10, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

From CapGeek, a list of pending unrestricted free agent goalies:

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Why post this list now? Well, Jaroslav Halak doesn’t seem to be loving life in Washington, and you have to wonder about Jonas Hiller’s future in Anaheim. Either of those two could be picked up this offseason as a proven NHL starter, or at the very least an experienced backup with the ability to step in should the No. 1 falter.

The big name at the top of the list, Ryan Miller, has said he’s open to re-signing in St. Louis; however, nothing’s been agreed upon yet. The other current Blues goalie, Brian Elliott, is enjoying an excellent season after a down 2013 campaign. If Miller re-signs in St. Louis, what are the chances Elliott would do the same? Probably pretty slim.

Meanwhile, could backups like Chad Johnson and Thomas Greiss be worth rolling the dice on, inexperienced at the NHL level as they may be? Johnson plays behind Tuukka Rask in Boston; Greiss behind Mike Smith in Phoenix. Which is to say, they probably won’t be starters anytime soon if they stay with their current teams.

Remember that the goalie market is a completely different animal than the one for skaters. There are only 30 No. 1 jobs, and most of them are already filled. So it’s possible to get a bargain between the pipes. The only problem is, if you roll the dice and lose, you can be in big trouble.

  1. blynasty - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Take your pick Shero

  2. skr213 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Unfortunately, Greiss is currently proving that he’s nowhere near ready to be a starter.

    • thailer35 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Yeah, I disagree. He’s played well, especially for so little NHL experience, down this stretch as we’ve needed him. Maybe not to the level of Smith, but don’t let the record or that one turnover behind the net fool you, he’s not been the Coyotes main issue.

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Sadly, Nik Backstrom is not on that list.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Doesn’t mean the Wild can’t buy him out, which always an option. Just can’t use the amnesty route on him

  4. mnwildfan15 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Backstrom will be on the list after the season. It was a desperation move on Fletcher’s part. We should have never gotten rid of Khudobin.

  5. bullwinkle88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I’d like to see the Sabres pick up Elliott or Johnson. That will pretty much guarantee them some reasonable goaltending with Neuvirth, Enroth and one them in the system.

    • krebsy34 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      bullwinkle you really want the sabres to spend money on a FA keeper? That would be dumb. Look at all the keepers we already have in the system. And the fact that the Sabres aren’t going to be really competing for 3-5 years. You really think it’d be smart to waste time on Elliott or Johnson when they aren’t going to be with the Sabres past the 5 year mark. And yes you can take that as a fact because Johnson will be 32 at that point and Elliott will be 34. Not a smart move when you have young guys already in the system who can grow with the other young guys playing in front of him. Elliott and Johnson aren’t even close to the level Miller was at at their ages and even Miller didn’t win the cup. Plus look at what Leiwen (botched that one) had been doing with the team in front of him. Let him develop and when the time is right let him light it up. Or just let him play in the NHL next year. Who knows, but with such talent already in the stable of goalies, the last thing the Sabres need in FA is another keeper.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I think Miller would be crazy not to resign in St Louis. I mean I guess a lot depends on how they do in the playoffs and if he wants to go West, but that team isn’t going anywhere. I think Elliot walks, it’s time to give Jake Allen a chance at regular NHL minutes. The guy’s 23 and is having a great AHL season, let him develop behind Miller, much like Schneider did behind Luongo.

    Overall, it’s a pretty deep FA crop. Plenty of options if the Flyers wanna let Emery walk.

    • krebsy34 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      but his wife works in Cali. and the Ducks are more than likely going to be in the market. I think the only way he stays in St. Louis is if Anaheim doesn’t want him and or they get to the cup finals and lose. If he wins the cup, he may stay, but he would have already done almost everything with hockey and would probably would like to spend time with his wife. Though he is probably more driven than any other keeper in the league so he might stay if he truly believes they will win the cup in the next 2 years.

  7. stcrowe - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    The reality is that the best ones in that crop will probably no longer be available by July 1. They will either be signed, or traded and signed, in the days before.

  8. slaugin - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    I hope Chad Johnson signs with a team that allows him to become the Starter. He only got better as the year went on and I wish him best of luck.

  9. jeffr85392 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    thailer35 is right. Thomas Greiss has done a nice job for my Yotes. The problems are in front of him.

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