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Goalie Derivatives—do we pay too much for a future product?

If it wasn’t for the ongoing CBA discussions, I’d say we were smack in the middle of silly season, where the front office starts to take vacations, and the columnists start looking for anything to write about.

One of this Summer’s subplots is the on-going Robert Luongo watch, which has been about as exciting as watching the daily Oats pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. However, one aspect of where Luongo is going to land has started up a bit of conversation, and that’s about contracts.

There’s been a trend towards locking up what the franchise believes will be the marquee player for a significant time. This works out fine if the player keeps up the level of play, how the team plays doesn’t change to the detriment of the goalie’s style, and Mike Keenan doesn’t show up to coach.

So you have a goalie who’s done well in the past, doesn’t seem to have any hitches, and looks like he’ll continue to deliver for the foreseeable future. While the GM is going to try and get the best deal, he’s going to want to entice the goalie to stay put for at least a few seasons.  There’s also that extra added of paying for past performance, and yes, it happens. There’s also an aspect of whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market that season, and who the franchise may have in the minors. There’s a lot of variables in play, and some GMs like to to play it safer than others.

In other words, what’s more likely to cause a lot of grief to the franchise and get the GM in hot water—paying for past performance and hoping for the best, or letting a goalie walk, and not having a plan “B”?

But as the ads say, past performance is not a guarantee of future returns….

Patrick Hoffman at Sportsnet takes a look at goalie contracts, and asks the fans—are these goalies worth it?

When it comes to hockey, everyone in the game knows how important it is to have a good goaltender and as such, will pay top dollar for one.

Patrick Roy, considered one of the best goaltenders of all-time, is currently the highest paid netminder in NHL history. Roy made a total $56,771,988 million between the pipes for the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. It was certainly well deserved as Roy won multiple Stanley Cups (4), Vezina Trophies (3), Conn Smythe Trophies (3) and won well over 500 games (551).

Nowadays, it seems like NHL goaltenders are getting paid a boatload of money to try and help their team get into the postseason and win hockey’s Holy Grail. While some netminders certainly deserve all the dough that is being thrown at them, it is questionable when it comes to other goaltenders.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the ten highest paid goaltenders in the NHL today according to the great CapGeek.com  and see whether they are worth the money that their team is paying them.


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There’s little difference between the top goalies and the average ones.  The systems they play in are more important. Brian Elliot and Mike Smith are great examples.

Put some of these “great” goalies on the Islanders and watch their G.A.A. shoot up.

Posted by Stats Professor on 08/03/12 at 02:14 PM ET

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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies

23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.

On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.

I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.

We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.

It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!