Top 10 Goalies Available at the NHL Trade Deadline
10 Goalies Available at the NHL Trade Deadline
Every NHL team is always looking to get better around the trade deadline. The one position that can make or break a good team is the goalie. Goalies can single-handedly win or lose a playoff series for teams, and there are many goalies who have done just that over the past few years.
There has already been one big trade involving goalies this season. The Buffalo Sabres sent star goalie Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues believe that they are a Stanley Cup contender, and Miller is the piece that puts them over the top.
Riding a hot goalie into the playoffs is one thing that can win teams championships. Experience is also a large factor in goalies' play going into the playoffs. Some goalies just can't handle the pressure and begin to falter once the lights are shining bright. Others love the spotlight and play on a different level during the playoffs.
Teams like the Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks are all in the market for goaltenders. They all believe that if they upgrade their goalie they can become real Cup contenders. They are in luck because there are many big names on the trading block these days.
Some of the names on the block are shocking. Some of them are future Hall of Famers. One of them is the greatest goalie to ever play the game, and one of the players has already been traded once this season. Without further ado, here are the 10 best goalies available right now.
10. Viktor Fasth
Starting this list is Viktor Fasth of the Anaheim Ducks. Fasth was supposed to compete with Jonas Hiller for the starting goalie job for the Ducks, but he was injured in November. He is expected to be recalled soon. He was phenomenal last year posting 15 wins and a GAA of 2.18 in 25 games played.
9. Anton Khudobin
Next up is Anton Khudobin of the Carolina Hurricanes. Khudobin is 27 years old and has played for three teams in his career. He was pushed into action when the Hurricanes' goalie situation became unclear, and he has played great. He has a GAA of 2.17 in 22 games played with the Hurricanes this season.
8. Michael Neuvirth
The Capitals are in the hunt for a goalie, but they hold a player who might interest other teams in Michael Neuvirth. Neuvirth is only 25 years old but has struggled since an awesome playoff debut in 2010. He is still young enough that teams might be willing to take a risk on him as a backup or as a starter.
7. Ilya Bryzgalov
Mr. Universe is back after a horrendous end to his tenure as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Ilya Bryzgalov is a veteran presence that many teams could be interested in. He is not the player he once was, but he would be relatively cheap to acquire. He hasn't had a good season for the Edmonton Oilers. His GAA is at an abysmal 3.01, but he is a good fourth or fifth choice for teams looking for a goalie.
6. James Reimer
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jonathan Bernier this offseason much to the displeasure of James Reimer. Reimer has been unhappy all season. Last year he was one of the main catalysts to get the Maple Leafs so close to winning a playoff series. Clearly the Bernier trade has gotten to his head as his GAA has skyrocketed to 3.25 this season, but if given the opportunity he could be a great move for some teams.
5. Cam Ward
Another member of the Hurricanes, Cam Ward has drawn a lot of interest from teams. He is a veteran goaltender who has won a Stanley Cup before. He has been injured most of the last two seasons but is still a top 10 goaltender in the league when healthy. He would be a great addition to a team trying to win within the next couple of years.
4. Tim Thomas
Another veteran goaltender, Tim Thomas has done it all in the NHL. He has won a Stanley Cup and a Vezina Trophy. With the Florida Panthers he has posted a 2.87 GAA with 16 wins. This is pretty good considering the Panthers are one of the bottom feeders of the NHL. Durability is one of the biggest issues with Thomas. He didn't play last season and has been injured a couple of times this year. No matter what he is still money in the playoffs and would be another great addition to a contender with iffy goaltending.
3. Martin Brodeur
The greatest goalie to ever play could be leaving the only team he has ever played for. Martin Brodeur has most likely played his last game as a part of the New Jersey Devils. Brodeur has slowed down tremendously after a solid start. It is hard to imagine him not in a Devils jersey, but several teams have interest in him. With Cory Schneider clearly the man now, Brodeur will get one more shot to win a cup -- but it won't be with the Devils.
2. Roberto Luongo
Stop me if you have heard this before; Roberto Luongo is unhappy with the Vancouver Canucks. Seriously this marriage has to end and end soon. Luongo is unhappy that he was not the starter in the Heritage Classic and is still unhappy with the Canucks in general. Luongo's contract makes it hard for him to get moved, but teams should inquire about him if they are serious about adding a goalie.
1. Jaroslav Halak
Poor Jaroslav Halak won't even have time to explore Buffalo. After being traded to the Sabres in the Miller trade, Halak is once again on the block. Many teams have interest in him as they should. We all remember the unbelievable performance he put on three years ago as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. He hasn't been able to find the same consistency he showed during that spring, but he can clearly still play. He is by far the best goalie on the market right now.