The All-Purpose Goaltending Thread #8
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02-27-2013, 05:28 PM
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This season's woes are not Bryz's fault and it's clearly more of a team thing, however Bryz hasn't lived up to his contract. We're not getting top-10 goaltending which is how Bryzgalov is payed.
Comparable players this season in terms of stats and play could be Cam Ward (who's payed as a top-5 goalie), Ondrej Pavelec, Evgeni Nabokov, Jimmy Howard, Sergei Bobrovsky (
). Several goalies got off to rough starts but have turned it around as of late like Holtby and Quick. Bryz went the opposite way, sadly.
Other than Cam Ward - who has been called terrible by Hurricanes fans this season - and Pavelec all the goalies listed aren't signed long term, and their cap hits are barely in the top-30. If it comes down to it and Bryzgalov is amnestied, there could easily be a replacement found who will put out the same performance for less than half the cap-hit Bryzgalov has and probably less than 1/4 of the term. Unless Bryzgalov completely turns it around and ends up playing like a top-10 goaltender on the season and is actually our MVP and the team still can't turn it around, this seems like the best move in terms of cap-management.
I would try and trade for an upcoming RFA/UFA to be our back-up in the meantime. Ben Bishop, Jake Allen, Matt Hackett, or even spend more and go all the way after Jon Bernier when the time comes this offseason.
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