I'd have a hard time picking between Mason and Vokoun. I'd be happy with either as the #2 on my yahoo team. I guess I'd take Vokoun, because he has a multi-year history of being an A- goaltender, whereas Mason was only really good for a few months.
If I was already set on the first 2 goalie positions, I might be inclined to take Huet instead, because for a few months in 05/06 he was the best goalie in the NHL. For a third goalie, it doesn't hurt to take a gamble.
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Mason (Nashville) - Possible, but still unproven as a #1.
Khabibulin (Chicago) - Still playing behind a poor defense.
Kolzig (Washington) - Same story. Plus, he's getting old.
Huet (Montreal) - A great goalie, but he'll have Carey Price breathing down his neck. Vokoun (Florida) - My personal choice. He's a proven star, and in Florida he'll get to continue to prove that.
Biron (Philly) - Avoid. Everyone's talking about how great Philly is going to be, but I'll be convinced when I see it. Plus, Biron's a great goalie, but also unproven as a #1.
Roloson (Edmonton) - Still hasn't rebounded since Edmonton's Cup run, and I don't see it happening this year.
For what it's worth, even with his horrible season, Huet still finished third in the league in save percentage while shorthanded at .907. It's also interesting to note that Montreal had three players in the top 10 in giveaways by defensemen last year: Komisarek (5th), Markov (7th) and Souray (9th).
With Hamrlik replacing Souray and hopefully improved defensive seasons from Markov and Komisarek, I wouldn't be shocked to see a bounceback season for Huet.
As for the others, Vokoun was 18-2 the last two years against Columbus, Chicago and St. Louis with 44 goals allowed in 21 games. He will not have the advantage of playing against those clubs along with a host of defensive minded Western teams this year.
Mason was spectacular when he subbed for Vokoun the past two seasons, but how will he take to being "the guy" for a team that will be without Sullivan for two-three months, Kariya, Hartnell and Timonen, not to mention Forsberg? They do have soild young talent, but very little depth.
Biron should be ok, but having to face the Rangers and Penguins multiple times, along with a host of offensive minded Eastern teams brings him down a notch.
Khabibulin has been a major disappointment for Chicago and the Hawks still have an extremely young backline which will continue to make mistakes.
Since when is Biron the best goalie of this bunch?? what warrants this statement?
Just becasue a goalie signs with a team, and then that team signs a few free agents, it doesn't necessarily mean that Biron is a better goaltender in Philly than he was in Buffalo! Not to mention that there are no guarantees that Philly will be THAT good this year.
Do you not think Buffalo would have recieved more in return if Biron was "hands down" the best of these goaltenders???
I vote for Vokun.
He was a stud on a not so good Nashville team a few years ago. One that is probably no better than Florida this year.