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07-09-2013, 08:29 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Goaltending is a weird market in the NHL right now.
First off, its hard to scout. Take a look at how many good goalies are undrafted or late picks. There are a lot.
Secondly, they don't have a lot of trade value for such an important position. Most teams have their starter on a big contract and can't add another. A lot of teams lock up who they think their starter is, then have to deal with his mediocrity and don't want to add another high priced goaltender with aspirations of replacing him because of the cumulative cap hit.
Thirdly, there are a ton of potential starting caliber goaltenders languishing out there right now. Guys like Bernier and Schneider finally got moved, but Anaheim still has 4 amazing goalies.
So it's an odd category. I will say I'm not worried about paying a backup 1.4 million vs 700k. But I like Cam Talbot's stuff.
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