A Look At The Goaltending Trade Market

Yesterday at The Rink we discussed whether or not it would be in the Capitals' best interest to use the salary cap space Chris Clark's placement on Long Term Injured Reserve has opened up to try and make a splash at the trading deadline and, if so, what the best personnel move(s) for the team might be.  After twenty-four hours, more than 320 votes, and more than 180 comments, we may just be back to square one, as Tarik has reported that Brent Johnson may need surgery on his hip.

While nothing's certain at this point, if Johnson does indeed decide to have surgery rather than play through the injury, the Capitals are almost certainly going to want to swing a deal for a veteran backup netminder. Simeon Varlamov has plenty of talent and played well in his brief time with the big club earlier this season, but asking a 20-year-old with two games of NHL experience to be the backup on a team expected to make a deep playoff run holds far too much potential for disaster.

With that in mind, here are some of the veteran goaltenders who could be available between now and March 4th.  [Ed. note: The 'Years Left' number counts 2008-09.  Thus, players whose contracts expire after this season have a '1'.]

Update:  Martin Gerber, Dany Sabourin, Curtis Sanford, and Kevin Weekes have been added to the table.



Age Team Cap Hit Yrs Left GP MIN W L O GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Craig Anderson
27 FLA
$550,000
1 22
1095
9 4
5
45
2.47
642 597 .930 3
Alex Auld
28 OTT
$1,000,000
2 27
1618
9 13
5
70
2.60
756 686 .907 0
Peter Budaj
26 COL
$700,000
1 38
2201
15 20
1
108
2.94
1072 964 .899 1
Dan Ellis
28 NSH
$1,750,000
2 30
1995
10 16
3
81
2.92
803 722 .899 2
Martin Gerber
34 OTT
$3,700,000*
1 14
839
4 9
1
40
2.86
397 357 .899 1
Johan Hedberg
35 ATL
$1,087,500
2 21
1027
6 8
3
62
3.62
539 477 .885 0
Manny Legace
35 STL
$2,150,000
1 29
1452
13 9
2
77
3.18
669 592 .885 0
Andrew Raycroft
28 COL
$800,000
1 16
878
9 6
0
44
3.01
419 375 .895 0
Dany Sabourin
28 EDM
$512,500
1 19
989
6 8
2
47
2.85
463 416 .898 0
Curtis Sanford
29 VAN
$650,000
1 19
973
7 8
0
42
2.59
448 406 .906 1
Kevin Weekes
33 NJD
$687,500
1 10
512
4 4
0
22
2.58
256 234 .914 0

If you're the Capitals, who's your top choice? And what are you willing to give up to get get him?

*Martin Gerber has been waived this season.  If claimed off re-entry waivers, the Capitals would be responsible for only half of his salary, $1,850,000.

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