A Look at the Goalie Landscape in the NHL

By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)

As everyone experiments with CapGeek’s Armchair GM, one of the hotter topics is what to do with Marc-Andre Fleury.  He has one more year left on his contract and will make $5 million, which is certainly a hefty sum on a team with several holes to fill and not much money to do it.

Fleury is one of many hot topics this season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Fleury is one of many hot topics this season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There are great arguments supporting any decision with Fleury (trade, amnesty, keep).  For now, I’ll leave the arguments out of this and just present some information.

Below is a list of goalies in the NHL.  I undoubtedly missed some guys that frequently travel between the AHL and NHL since I just listed all of the goalies on CapGeek’s rosters, but this list should be good enough for the purpose.

Each goalie is listed with his career goals against average, career save percentage, contract status, salary, and remaining years on his contract.

Things to remember:

  • These are all career stats, so some of the goalies are probably trending up (Scrivens for instance) while plenty are trending down (Brodeur).
  • Also, the sample sizes are drastically different across the league.
  • Teams and defenses do make a difference, which likely explains the Blues’ goalies.

Legend:

  • Players that are bold/italics are either restricted or unrestricted free agents this offseason.
  • Players that are blue have both a better career GAA and career save % than Fleury.
  • Players that are red have both a worse career GAA and career save % than Fleury.
  • Players in black have one better and one worse statistic.  In fact, for everyone except the Blues’ goalies, it turns out to be a better save %.  For St. Louis goalies, it’s a better GAA.

Basically, here is a lazy start when eyeing up goalies around the league (click the picture to enlarge it).

NHL Goalies

I hope this gives everyone a decent head start on their arguments.  Thanks for reading!